But come November 1st, it's return of the parents! School, glorious school.
Both Bethany and Elinor are reading some Jane Austen-- by their own free will and choice. Because I didn't adore them enough already.
Elinor gets super chilled after morning swim practices, so that is why she is all bundled up reading Persuasion.
This week I experienced the GREATEST triumph of my entire homeschooling career. Elinor was having a minor boy-related drama. (No worries, all is now well). Her tender 15 year-old heart was feeling slightly wounded and she was determining how to proceed. She said to me, "Mom! What was that quote from Sense and Sensibility about Marianne after Willoughby broke her heart?"
Now, mind you, I read Sense and Sensibility aloud to my kids 3 or 4 years ago. A long time ago. How she remembered this quote, I have no idea. I told her I'd try to find the quote.
Here it is.
I sent her the picture of the quote. She responded... "I need a job!"
Ha ha! She's too awesome! Yes, there was a reason she is named "Elinor"-- spelled just like the sensible Miss Elinor Dashwood.
And this one! She is working hard and preparing for the next phase of her life. We couldn't be more proud of her.
She had an two amazing concerts yesterday with her orchestra performing Rob Gardner's Price of Freedom. Oh, there were tears.
Which brings me to one of the things I love the most about Abe. He is always prepared with a handkerchief for me when I cry. Always. And he always silently hands it to me with very little fanfare, because he knows it is embarrassing to me when I cry. He is a gentlemen-- straight out of Jane Austen.
It's hard to believe she is a senior, but what a delight she has been to our family.
Alright, alright. Enough. They are awesome. I'll stop now.