I don’t know if you remember the Future Leaders Program Beekee was a part of. We did it in March and April at the library. Well, we got word that Beekee got a citation from the state representative for participating in the program. They met the state representative the first week of his program, which was apparently pretty awesome. He really enjoyed it, at the very least.
I felt a little bad. Beekee had to miss out on the party they threw after the program was over to receive their citations. I had a doctor’s appointment that day and forgot to tell Oz to take him. We wanted to go pick up the citation last week, but it was raining. We finally got to it this week, two weeks late, but still just as awesome. I would show a picture, but I’m not good at blocking out names, and I would have to block out half the information on it anyway, and that would just ruin the effect.
Of course, on the way home it had to rain. Thankfully the citation stayed just fine. It was bigger than I’d expected. We brought Beekee’s portfolio so we could put it in there, but I had no idea how large it would be. It’s certainly too big to be put in there. We may just look into framing it and putting it on the wall or something. That would be wonderful. Of course, we have almost nothing on our walls, so it would be good to have one more thing to fill up the blank space. Corde has some of her art in her room. I have a Frozen artist print in my room, as well as a poster from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The living room has my two zombie targets from when a friend took me to the range. I think we could use a little more on our walls, and that citation is just so beautiful.
I can’t say that this is a perk of unschooling, or even a perk of homeschooling, but it was really cool that Beekee could be a part of the program. That’s something he wouldn’t have been able to do when he and Sander were still in school. He got home early enough, but Sander didn’t get home until the program was over, and Beekee isn’t responsible enough for me to want to send him alone. Even if he was, he would have had to leave the moment he got in the door to make it on time, and some of that was going out in the snow. The truth is he wouldn’t have been able to participate if we’d still been a public school kind of family.
It’s also good for Beekee to get recognition for taking an active role in something. He’s usually a very passive kid, unless it’s play. He doesn’t tend to get involved in discussions much that I’ve seen. Yet in this class he spoke up and participated. It’s nice to see him get something from something he was truly involved in. I was told he was very active in the discussions and had a lot of really creative ideas.
I’m going to be keeping an eye out for other events that we can participate in. It would be good for all of the kids to have more of a creative outlet and a chance to participate in some group stuff. Our homeschooling has been in more isolation than I’ve wanted since we started, but things are looking up and we should start to be able to participate more.
Just keep your fingers crossed for us. It looks like in four months we should be able to have a car. We could have probably swung it sooner, but we’re waiting until Oz gets his licence taken care of. With luck he’ll be getting back into the military soon, which will drastically change our situation. I’m not exactly huge on the government or the military, but it’s a lifestyle Oz misses and it would go a long way to providing for our family. It would definitely help us get involved in more community events because we’ll have more of an income, which means reliable transportation and more money to put towards classes and other things for the kids. This could really turn our lives around and create so many more opportunities for the kids. Keep your fingers crossed for us. This could be just what we need.