Saturday, February 13, 2010

Reset

I feel like someone pushed the reset button on my life. Lately, I have been in a bit of a funk. I know most would say it was the winter, but I really don't think so. I try very hard to find the good in every season and to relish that good. So, I can't say what has kept me feeling stuck, but I know what has gotten me out of it. UWWG. I have come back re-energized. Yesterday, I got up at 5am, got on the road by 6 to head home from Ohio, got home, unpacked the car, unpacked the suitcases, went out to snow blow the driveway, decided to shovel the snow to build back up the luge run, then I started clearing the 6 inches of snow off the ice on the pond until it got dark, came inside and sent an email out inviting people to come skate and sled here today! I needed, and took, a nice long bath after that! But I felt good. So, today, three families came to play with us and we had a great time. Disastrous dinning rooms be damned! I have my life back.

I started the conference off feeling like I wasn't too sure how things were going to go. The place was great, but HUGE, and with over 1000 people (estimated, 300 families x 4 people per family) attending, I was missing the intimacy of the Good Vibrations conference. I also knew that a lot of the families were not even unschoolers, so I was reluctant to get excited about hanging with the tribe if it was going to end up not quite my tribe. So, I had a quick freak out moment when I did not know what I was doing there and then C calmed me down, got me back on track and it was smooth sailing from there. It was good to see old friends, and it was great to spend time with the local families we roomed with and get to know them better. I let the conference type stuff go mostly, and just spent time with people, my family, our roomies and I only went to talks by people I consider friends already. Except for John Taylor Gatto, but he came before freak out moment! And he rocked! Got to read his new book...

My dear husband made a comment on the drive home that really stuck with me. He said being there for the week reaffirmed his faith in humanity. I agree. It is just so wonderful to be with people who enjoy life so much. And who enjoy their kids so fully. And the kids. What can I say? Free range children are the most amazing, life affirming, awesome bunch out there. Ooooo, take a look at this! I wish I was an unschooled teenager so I could go! The video premiered at UWWG and is an example of what a free kid can accomplish. I'm so glad my kids are going to be old enough to go soon.

So, now that I have had my life reset, I'm excited to see what comes next! Stay tuned!

4 comments:

heymom said...

I sure would have enjoyed John Taylor Gatto. I'm excited you got to listen to him. And thanks for posting the video for camp. Moll and I have talked about it a few times and I had never seen the video before this, only the web site.

Sabrina said...

Thanks so much Miranda for having us out for a skate/sled adventure yesterday. It was lovely and we had an absolute blast!

ZZZ said...

my freak out moment was before I even got there! Glad you had a great time. Maybe a non-con somewhere between NY and MD would be in order?

HB said...

I sent that video link of NBTSC to the kids- the last kid interviewed is an old friend from the Hudson Valley!