Today’s topic is a bit unexpected for a travel blog. Sometimes rather than seeking out the next place to explore, your journey should end at one place. The best destination is often home.
I am beginning to see more and more how important that balance is. Seeking out new adventures while finding time to settle in at home. Being on the go and being on the stop. Balancing busyness and stillness.
In the weeks to come as I continue to write about our adventures and places that we have explored, I know that some people may begin to wonder. “How does she ever find time to homeschool?” “How does she keep leaving and not have her house be a disaster?” (Okay – I will be honest – I definitely am behind on that part currently – hopefully we will establish a better routine on keeping up around here.) How can she be gone all of the time?
I actually am not. We are home frequently. In fact, my goal this fall is to be home three out of five school days. We will have our cooperative day, and then we will have a field trip day. After all, this year we are studying Nebraska. So, when we read the short story, Journey into Christmas, by Bess Streeter Aldrich, I want to take my kids to see her house in Elmwood, now a museum, all decorated for Christmas. I do not want to just read about prairies but to go walk through the grasses at Prairie Creek Audubon Center. Experiential learning. One of the many reasons we have chosen to homeschool.
But even that will have parameters. If we are not accomplishing our work at home, that may cancel or postpone our outings. Or if just one or two are not motivated to compete their school, I have warned that they will be sitting off to the side finishing it, while the rest of us are taking a tour. And if they are frequently responding unpleasantly (the way they have seemed to have been this week a bit – yucky hot weather!), we will stay home. If their reactions to me are less than desirable in private, I am not sure I want to take them out in public. Bad attitudes can definitely take the joy out of traveling with kids. Theirs or mine!
The great thing about writing a blog is that I do not have to mention when we had the adventure. Just that we went there. So, often we were going to two or three places in day, then staying home the next. Now that our school has started our outings will slow down, but since my blog may not slow down, that may not be apparent. I think I am ready for routine (that is once I have finished catching up from our summer of baseball and other activities.)
So, go out and explore. But sometimes be quick to stay home – enjoy your own surroundings. There will always be opportunities out there. We have missed plenty. But we have also gained much on those times spent at home just being. Your front porch (or other cozy spot) is calling your name. Perhaps lyricist John Howard Payne in his opera Clari (Maid of Milan) expressed the sentiment best.
- Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
- Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.
My 7/17/2017 on what I think now about staying home
Lately I have been editing some of my original “Odyssey Through Nebraska posts. Although almost 4 years have passed since I wrote this, I still feel like home can be the best place to be. Read all about why I stayed home for the month of June 2017.