March 2, 2015
Never did I see this coming - the privilege of working with my oldest daughter. When she called two years back and said, in essence, "Mom, I'm ready," I wasn't sure for what. For years I had been trying to rally specific folks to do what she was proposing but I never thought it would be with her. That day on the phone began our new relationship, we became colleagues. We needed a new one anyway. Tonight, as she and I worked tandem giving another Wider School presentation, I thanked God for the millionth time for the opportunity of working with her.
Robyn at age four asked me a series of questions for which she did not like the answers. The first question was, "Did your mom talk about homeschooling?" The second question was, "Did your mom ever want to homeschool you?" The third question came on the heels of my negatory responses, "Then why do you want to homeschool me?" My answer to that question was, "I don't." Almost the next day she was signed up for the kindergarten class at the local private school. Everybody who had loaded on board the homeschooling ship curiously watched me get off the ship. Trust me, they would have walked down the plank as well with this four year old lawyer in tow.
However, the next year I did bring her home and, along with Carol Hoke, part-time homeschooled. It was not real pleasant. She would sit and stare me down with eyes that communicated disbelief in that I had anything worthwhile to share. Fast forward to today, she brags about me. Who knew?
We meet, we decide,we execute, Robyn/Lynne style. We get things done! We both are direct, we get to the bottom line and, though we are emotional, nothing gets in the way of progress. I love working with her. Our angst has now turned into joy.
Tonight, together, we spoke with two families considering joining The Wider Family. We love what we do and want to grow this school. To have my daughter working side by side is more than I can handle. Though the sides of our desks are as different as night is day, we do not let that hinder our working relationship. At least I don't, but then again, my side is the messy one!