Maybe it’s because I’m around homeschoolers all of the time, or maybe it’s because of my philosophy of life that families and communities were meant to be together and help one another rather than separate and segregate from each other—but when I’m around parents of “schooled” kids, I get rather uncomfortable.
I have a few friends, mind you, with public schooled kids that I get along very well with; my best friend is one of them. But for the most part, we just don’t click. Wednesday night we went to a school cafeteria for a Girl Scouts meeting, and there was a mom across from me wearing a bra with a tiny tank top over it so you could see right through it and around it! I was a bit dumbstruck, but whatever; I’m certainly not the fashion police.
Then the leaders asked us to sit and have a meeting while our kids were taken out of the cafeteria for an “activity.” Everyone was just fine with these strangers taking our kids off to do something! I guess they’re used to handing their kids to strangers every year. What if they were going to sing some religious song? What if they didn’t watch our kids and one wandered off somewhere? I know I’m embodying the crazy, worried, overprotective mom that many think we homeschoolers are, but it’s a valid concern. My kid’s quite capable and I was okay, but it was still weird.