We're plucking our children out of an exceptional school and community to go forward with our upcoming adventure. We plan on an extended "camping" vacation, and we'll go wherever the wind takes us. We hope to be settled somewhere amazing when our daughter starts 1st grade next August. Until then, we will be home-schooling her and her pre-school aged little brother. My original thought was, they're only 4 and 6 years old, now is the best time to do this.
But last week when we had a conversation with our 6 year old about leaving her school and friends, she started tearing up. It was finally becoming real to her, now that she could actually count down the days. Her huge tears started to fall, which gave me a lump in my throat.
She decided to make "Goodbye Cards" for her entire Kindergarten class. Here's one of them (WARNING: it's a tear jerker. Well, it was for me.)...
Every moment these little houses of temptation were in their presence, they'd either be asking to eat them, or be sneaking pieces off of it. When we decided that we'd like to have our kitchen table back, Aaron put the gingerbread houses outside on the deck. And you'd never guess what happened! The kids were no longer temped by them. They completely forgot about their gingerbread houses. And now they're really gone, and the kids have not asked about them once.
This is my hope: in the future the kids will see photos of their old school and friends, the gingerbread houses they made as young kids, as well as all the fun places we visited as a family, and they'll remember. They'll have warm and fuzzy thoughts about all the good times, and realize they had been on an adventure the whole time.
December 18, 2015