“…a truant officer arrived at the Addams’ home to explain why Gomez had to send his children to school. Gomez replied, “Why have children if you’re just going to send them away? I’m against the whole thing!” And then it hit me: the Addams Family homeschooled!”
After reading the post I just had to look up this episode on You Tube:
It’s been years since I watched an episode so this brought back fond memories, but more than that, I was charmed by the some of the sentiments expressed by Gomez, especially.
This part of the blog post:
“The Addams Family enjoys their evenings together in the family room, at work on their own projects, communicating openly. Morticia might be knitting while Gomez has a drink and cigar with the newspaper; the children play on the carpet and Lurch plays the harpsichord.”
…also reminded me of a favorite play of mine that was made into a movie. “You Can’t Take It With You” was written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart then made into a film in 1938 by Frank Capra. One of the things I love about the family in this play/movie is the way they each have their own interests and hobbies, which they happily pursue in a charmingly eccentric way. One writes plays and paints, another makes candy and dreams of becoming a ballerina, another is an amateur printer and plays the xylophone, and yet another makes fireworks in the basement. It sounds a bit crazy but it isn’t all that different than what goes on in a “typical” (is there such a thing?) homeschooling household.
Oil painting, writing, horseback riding, the playing of various musical instruments, making music videos, drawing house plans, baking, the study of Latin, French, Italian and sign language, designing websites, developing online games, producing “experimental noise” tapes, and numerous other obsessions, er, I mean interests were just a normal part of what went on in our household during the almost a decade of homeschooling/unschooling our family enjoyed. What fun we had!
Our kids are now grown but David and I continue to pursue our own interests, some of which might seem a bit quirky. For instance, after our experience at PyrateCon in New Orleans this past April, we are having great fun with all things “piratical”. David has recently started making beaded hemp bracelets and I’m learning how to knit. He enjoys being a volunteer firefighter while I spend a lot of time with various computer pursuits and writing projects. We both enjoy MySpace and Facebook. And there are numerous other things we are interested in pursuing as we find the time.
I do sometimes miss our homeschooling days but one lesson we absorbed during those years is that learning happens all the time and is a lifelong pursuit. Basically, David and I are unschooling ourselves these days and having a terrific time doing so.