Picture me in a reclining position, possibly holding
Picture yourselves all ready to listen and advice, because we're such good friends.
I know there are several of you who either are currently going or not too long ago went back to school during the
When you are used to being perfectly organized and in charge of everything and everyone around you, how do you adjust to . . . being . . . well . . . not perfectly organized and in charge of everything and everyone around you?
I mean, I've been the CEO of Two Moms' Homeschool for many years. Many, many years. I envision everything. I research everything. I organize everything. I facilitate everything. I execute everything. It's my vision, for better or for worse. I'm a little perplexed at my new position. It's extremely difficult to be in the little bitty seat that certainly is not the great big desk at the front of the class.
That's problem one.
Also, I thought I was pretty smart. Actually, really smart, if you don't mind my saying so. I'm seriously . . . pretty capable of deep thoughts. Not all the time. Not all at once. I'm not out to hurt myself. But sometimes, I'm pretty darned profound. I've just never really believed in heavy rote memorization. These instructors want me to memorize stuff. Not just a little stuff. A bunch of stuff. I was blessed with the research gene. Give me a problem, I'll find you a solution. Get back to me in a day or two, and the solution will be clear. I've never really seen the value of committing a lot of tidbits to memory. Let's just say . . . I'm rethinking that strategy. Really rethinking it. My mind is old. My mind is dark. My mind is dusty. I like lists. I just made a list last night of all the stuff I want to do today, because if I don't have the list I will forget what I am supposed to do today. I can't remember stuff. Stuff doesn't need to be remembered. Stuff needs to be researched and written down and then referred to when necessary, at least, that's my opinion. Unfortunately, that is not my instructors' opinion.
That's problem two.
Finally . . . I am very thorough. Ok. I'll admit it. I AM SLOW. Everything takes me forever. I cook slowly. I clean slowly. I walk slowly. I think slowly. Turns out, I do homework slowly too. So how do you balance classes, homework, housework, nutritious meals and maintain a sparkling personality with 10 too few hours in the day? HOW??? I demand do know! One of you needs to tell me. This may be my most pressing issue. I'm really fighting to find a balance here. Anyone got any pointers? Oh, and while I'm on the subject, how on earth do you not let this whole school business take over your entire life? I hope it's because it's all shiny new and different, but I may just be one of those people who is incapable of having more than one event in their lives at one time because I am exhausted. Mom #2 has been making fun of me because getting dressed and leaving the house 2 to 3 days a week apparently is harder on me than I thought it would be and I really don't like it.
And that's problem three.
Other than that, all is going well. I intend to work through these issues and, although I am a lot of different things, but a quitter is not one of them. I'm really having a fabulous time; even though one of my classmates called me "Ma'am" last week, bless his 22 year old heart. I hate him.
Until next time . . .