Another Reason to Be Glad We Homeschool

Dear Reader,

The holidays are wonderful, aren’t they? Food, gifts, pretty lights, reconnecting with relatives you rarely see . . . Our families are pretty far away and we spent the holidays at home by ourselves this year, but I did get to chat on the phone with some people I rarely see. Here’s one such conversation:

Relative: “Merry Christmas!”

Me: “Merry Christmas to you.”

Relative: “So what’s with the bagpipes?”

(My older son started taking lessons this year.)

Me: “Huh?”

Relative: “Are you trying to get — beaten up by bullies?”

Now this relative does not have kids though he does have step-grandkids though they are still young so I assume his perception of what happens to kids who dare to do something unique like take bagpipe lessons really comes from his own distant school experiences. I tried to change the subject, figuring this is not really one I want to argue about (and knowing this person arguments would get me nowhere anyway). But here are the things I could have said:

“I am not making him take bagpipes; he chose them.”

“We don’t know any bullies. Not a single one.”

“In the circles we inhabit everyone thinks it’s really cool when a kid does something unique. There is no stigma attached.”

Mostly it just makes me sad that people, dare I say most people, in our society, would have this view that one must choose their interests carefully and reject some options or risk getting beaten up. What a sad world. I am glad that for the most part we do not mingle in it.

Nebby

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