He had two kids. I had one. We had one together. And in those days, we were just getting by. When you only make $8.50 an hour to support a family, and you’re paying child support out of that, things get tight. We were happy but we were so over our heads with those kids.
Bedtime was sanity time. We would just wait for 7 o’clock for the evening bedtime routine to begin, we knew that we were almost free for a little while. Baths and stories and bedtime, and then we would fall on the couch and snuggle, watch a little tv, and talk about everything and nothing in particular. Life was just life at that point. We were in daily survival mode with four kids under the age of 6.
I thought I knew it all at different times in my life. I knew what I wanted when I was 24, newly married with two little ones. I thought that I knew, but I couldn’t see past the here and now, really.
25 Years and six grown kids later, we feel like we have arrived—and yet we haven’t.
Our two youngest are 18 and 20. Both are graduated and have jobs. D1 works full time running a picker in a warehouse that fills Amazon orders, among others. D2 is a courtesy clerk in a grocery store—a job which caused him to come down very sick several weeks ago and while he tested negative for Covid-19, we were all put on leave from our places of business for 10 days until his results came back. Three weeks later, he still sounds like he is going to cough up a lung, D1 is now laid off on Standby status, E is back to work, and I had a job shift and won’t be back to work until the end of the month. We still don’t have a CLUE what we’re doing in this thing because life is constantly changing.
Our grown and moved-out kids, all of whom have kids of their own, are finding themselves homeschooling their children. This was a surprise to most of them and one not made by choice, but by the current situation since Washington state schools are closed until fall. I’m trying to help as I’m able but crisis schooling isn’t homeschooling. So, what does The Momma Know? That’s a very good question.
I’ve been sitting on this blog, not quite ready to let it go and unsure of what it needs to become if I keep it. I’ve changed. Our family has changed. The world has changed. The Momma Knows was always more about learning as we go through life than actually being an authority on anything, because, let’s face it, I’m not. We’ve all just been learning as we go along together. I think maybe I’ll stick around here a bit longer and we can keep discovering things together.
New topics may include crisis schooling, deschooling, helping teens transition to adulthood, and working with Autism and ADHD in young adults. There may be some new home education resources coming along as well! 🙂 If you have an idea on a topic you’d like me to cover, feel free to email me.