So here’s the deal: if you meet moms who started homeschooling their kids in the mid- to late-80s, you will notice that they all tell you the same story: they heard Raymond Moore interviewed by Dr. James Dobson from Focus on the Family on the radio (because people still listened to the radio back then). After that, they stumbled upon For the Children’s Sake in some dusty corner of their church’s library, and the rest is history.
This is how it went down in the 80s. For reals.
I once told Cindy that she was Raymond Moore to my generation, and I wasn’t joking. Those of us who are about 10 years into homeschooling, give or take, all started out reading Cindy’s blog, Ordo Amoris, one of the five homeschooling blogs on the internet at the time.
And she changed our lives. She changed my life.
Reading this book was great fun because it was a chance to put all of the wonderful (and funny) stories I’d heard over the years into a broader context. It was like I was remembering the things that happened in the book. If you were reading Cindy’s blog back then, you will love this book, if you don’t already own a copy (which you probably do).
But beyond this is something else.
It’s encouragement and perspective. We all need it. I found her words very stabilizing as we leaped into high school this year. It was the reminder I needed of what I will look back on and cherish … or regret. I was encouraged to continue the things so easy to drop, like Circle Time, memory work, and reading aloud.
I laughed and I cried and in all it was like group therapy, except that I was alone, which is how I like it.
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