(3) an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure
(1) When you’re doing something you detest and you have an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure about other homeschool moms
Source: Me while cleaning my toilets
I’ve had a particular question rolling around in my head for years. It pops into my head most frequently in times when I should really be keeping my mouth shut.
So, that is to say, it pops up frequently.
Because I should frequently keep my mouth shut.
And not say the thoughts I’m thinking.
This particular question is one where I wondered frequently about the motivations of people who blog about homeschooling even though they don’t want to homeschool.
I just couldn’t wrap my head around why someone blogs about homeschooling when they don’t like homeschooling their kids.
I get why people homeschool even when they hate it. Some people have no other option. I happen to love homeschooling my kids, but public school was an epic disaster for my oldest child, so I don’t see that I have other options, and it’s a good thing I love homeschooling.
I totally get why people send their kids to public school when they hate it. Public school is free daycare. That’s probably another thought I should keep to myself, but it’s the way I understand it for this particular chunk of people who send their kids to public school even though they don’t want to send them there.
People don’t usually blog about public schooling their kids when they hate it. Are their other genres of blogging where people blog about things they hate? I did a search for “I hate licorice” and didn’t find anyone with blogs devoted to how much they hate licorice. Just random articles that succicintly address the issue. People hate their jobs, but they usually just quit and leave a bad review on glassdoor.com. If you’re lucky they leave hilarious reviews about their bad jobs. Mostly, if you hate your job, you leave it.
But what if you can’t leave it?
It turns out that people do blog about jobs they hate and can’t leave. There are lots of blogs about people who hate being a food server. I can attest, I hated working in a restaurant. I worked in a restaurant for two years. I realized the depths of humanity’s hangry-related depravity. I am a good tipper for life.
Some people can’t leave homeschooling even though they don’t enjoy it. They’ve got to make the best of it. They’re in it for their kids.
And homeschooling takes so much time, effort, and money (in the form of not getting free daycare, anyway). You don’t even get tips. Unless it’s assvice. Ha. Ha.
And I can’t quit cleaning the toilets. I really hate cleaning toilets. Some people like cleaning toilets, you know. I’m just not one of them. Some people blog about being a slob or former slob. I’m not one of them, either, except as it pertains to my revelatory thoughts that happen while cleaning.
Don’t think I’m comparing cleaning toilets to homeschooling, because I’m not. They’re only alike in that they’re both not liked by someone. Some people don’t like french fries (my crazy children). French fries are awesome. Maybe with my kids, their homeschooling epiphany could come while I’m telling them there’s nothing to eat but fresh, hot, delicious (to the entire rest of the world) french fries so they’re going to have to make the best of things.
I also hate pairing clean socks, but I wasn’t doing that when I thought of this, so I didn’t write about pairing clean socks. Give me a break and don’t comment something about how I’m a terrible person for comparing homeschooling to cleaning toilets, because it’s not that deep. I assure you, my pile of unpaired socks is deeper than this analogy.
Pairing socks is one of the most tedious things ever. I’d rather sit with a child struggling to blend c-a-t for 15 minutes than even have to look at a pile of unpaired socks. But there are people who enjoy pairing socks. They’re crazy people – maybe even as crazy as people who don’t like french fries – but I get it that they like pairing socks.
Maybe they feel satisfied after cleaning a toilet.
I look at the toilet and miserably think how it’s going to need cleaning again, and it’s going to need cleaning well before I’m ready to face cleaning it again.
This might be what my husband feels like when he thinks about cooking. If I’m not there to cook, he just eats cereal. I like cooking. Sometimes I can convince him to clean the toilets. This is one reason we’re a good match. He also isn’t a big fan of french fries, so we share them and I get to eat most of them. Another reason we’re a good match…and this should probably be on a pre-marital counseling questionnaire somewhere, right after “How many children would you like to have?” should come “Which of you is going to eat more than half of the french fries?”
And you know, I think I might feel better about cleaning toilets and pairing socks now that I’ve blogged about them. So I get it. At least I think I do. When you’re stuck doing something you don’t enjoy, you’ve got to make the best of it. So be sure to visit my
new blog devoted to all the ways I’ve managed to be terrible at pairing socks and cleaning toilets same old website where I write about things that I like, because I am one of those people who likes writing about things that I like, and only very occasionally about things that I don’t like. And if you’re feeling frustrated with homeschooling, feeling like you hate homeschooling, or like you’re going to die inside if you have to see another pile of unpaired socks help a 5-year-old spend 15 minutes blending c-a-t, know that there are a lot things you can do to help yourself get through it (like picking a curriculum that fits you better) and there are ridiculously great websites to visit for ideas and help.