I love to read other people’s stories, about their lives, what they do, their routines, their day to day. Triumphs and sorrows. What people like, read, do, wear.. I am sure maybe a lot of bloggers are like this. A curious lot.
I get a lot of questions when I tell people we homeschool, or when people learn Wyatt has cerebral palsy. Maybe people in general are just a curious bunch. Inquisitive. Our lifestyle is a bit untraditional, but Wyatt has grown by leaps and bounds these past two years in many ways. In some ways, we have lost some ground due to the pandemic, but we will get there again and regain those triumphs. My biggest concern right now for Wyatt is having friends – and I am hoping this summer I can find some social interactions for him.
These things look different for us. Things people don’t think about or consider because, why would they? How can they understand our life unless they are in it, or experience similar situations? I am constantly learning and watching and evolving, trying to understand better the experiences of others, as they are all different.
Pre-pandemic, Wyatt went to preschool 4 days a week, half days, and therapy three times a week. It was a pretty grueling schedule for a three year old, in my opinion. Then in March 2020, things changed. I started homeschooling Wyatt myself, and have watched him thrive. He is talking non-stop, where before we were lucky if he said two words all day. Some of this is age and development, but I also think it is in part to being in an environment where he is able to express himself. I listen to him. He has a voice and is able to make us hear it here at home.
Wyatt is also doing things that we were told he probably wasn’t capable of. And I don’t blame the teachers – it was one teacher and one para for a classroom of fifteen kids all needing special help and attention. There was no way again, that they could do it all or fully understand Wyatt. They did the best they could, I believe that 100%. I come from a family of teachers and school administrators – I worked in a school for 15 years before Wyatt. I know just how hard teachers work, how much they care. Homeschooling just works for us right now. It might not be what we do forever, but now, it is perfect. I can focus on Wyatt’s strengths and particular learning styles. We can spend time on areas where he needs extra attention, and not stick to a schedule of how many days he needs to learn it within before we move on. I can work around his medicine that he takes for his epilepsy, that makes him a little tired mid-day. I can schedule his numerous specialist appointments without disrupting his schedule, and our open schedule allows us to get in places easier, like therapy, as we are not bound by certain times.
And we have so much fun, honestly. I know that we are making memories everyday, and I want them to be full of good moments, art and music and nature and just hanging out, feeling loved. I know we are lucky that we are able to do this. We sacrifice for this opportunity – we live on one income and feel blessed that we are able to do what we can with it. But we don’t have a ton of disposable income, which is ok. As long as we have money for food and books and the occasional treat, that we can pay our bills. Take a trip here and there, visit new places and have more experiences. That is more than a lot of people have, so I don’t worry about what other people are doing. I am happy and content in our quiet little life. (Except I do wish we had more trees in our yard. I will say that. And maybe some chickens and ducks and a goat.)
I guess I am just feeling..grateful today. Grateful for all that I have. Love for my family and friends.
What are you feeling grateful for today? No matter how big or small! It can be just a warm cup of tea, a ray of sunshine streaming through the window, anything at all. I would love to hear what you are feeling today!