Yesterday I took my kids to their pediatrician's office.
He is a delightful young man who loves his job and loves whenever we bring him something 'interesting' to examine. yes, we have had 'interesting' conditions around here. Don't judge me.
Anyway, he asked my son, "How's school going?"
My son's reply: "Great!"
Doctor: "What school do you go to?"
Son: "We're homeschooled!"
Me: (Waiting silently during that split second when the conversation hangs in the balance...either tipping into the slightly confused reaction or the enthusiastic reaction to our admission of homeschooling....hoping it tips in the favor of enthusiasm...)
Doctor: (face lights up) "That's great! I am always intrigued by homeschoolers!"
Me: (Still silent, but now hoping the doctor isn't one of those people who like to quiz homeschooled kids on math facts or spelling words because he assumes they are all brilliant...not that my kids aren't 'brilliant'...at least, in MY heart they are brilliant, but realistically...rather average.)
Doctor: "My wife and I considered homeschooling our four kids, but she said she just couldn't do it. She doesn't have the patience."
Me: (Still silent, but now smiling knowingly and cheerfully, and thinking to myself 'there are lots of days when I don't have the patience either!')
Doctor: " So tell me...."
Me: (Still silent but now on edge a little....what?? Tell you what??? DO we socialize? What curriculum do we use??? Do I plan on homeschooling through high school??? Do I worry that I am screwing up my kids? Go ahead Doc, I have answered them all....)
Doctor: "What time do you all get up in the morning?"
Me: (Silent and dumbfounded. That's *IT*?)
Son: "Our alarms are set for 7:00."
Me: (Silently grateful he didn't follow that with "...but my mom lets us sleep in a LOT!")
Huh. Interesting. Never had that one before.