I know it feels like I’m totally neglecting this blog but I’m not really because, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m always writing posts in my head. I still have lots to say and really want to share my ideas but our new home is SUCH a mess, there’s SO much work to do to make it liveable it’s totally overwhelming. And of course the kids don’t see the mess at all. They cannot understand why day after day we can’t do this or that because ‘We have to sort the house out’. And then, in the middle of the chaos, we get thrown the opportunity for Edward to attend a Waldorf cooperative starting January. That is a BIG decision! Anything that smacks of school terrifies Edward and the thought of him being away from me for chunks of the day leaves me feeling nauseous. But I have to investigate further, for his sake. However, I won’t be able to meet the teacher until January which is, of course, crucial to the decision especially because Edward is very ‘advanced’ apparently for his Grade in Waldorf, which is not something the philosophy approves of at all and he would have to be encouraged to ‘slow down’ to maximise the benefits of Waldorf’s developmentally age appropriate curriculum which makes a lot of sense to me but I don’t know how Edward will feel about this.
I’d like to write my thoughts further but I have SO much to do! As I write this, I am surrounded by piles of STUFF that I have to decide what to do with – ideally GIVE IT AWAY of course! Although my husband and I have been tickled by the fact that we’ve been offering our stuff to various workmen, who look very poor to me, coming to do various jobs around the house – and they are turning their noses up at it despite the fact, I at least, found much of it hard to part with! How sad am I!
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