Creating one’s virtual tribe is one of the joys of the Internet. Through social media, blogs and forums we can get to know people who share our values, seek similar sorts of information or share skills we wish to learn. Finding my tribe is a delicious and continuing adventure, the fact that you are here reading indicates you’re one of my tribe.
I don’t recall how I first linked to Anna’s blog but I do remember the first post I read Clothesline Raptures. It seemed to me that anyone who could talk about pegging out clothes with such transparent joy had to be a kindred spirit.
Anna’s straightforward articulate writing, centering on home and family along with the simple joys of daily living, spoke to me immediately and continues to do so years later.
I am inspired by what Anna achieves within her home, in her personal creative pursuits, in homeschooling her children, in hosting people in her home, all while living simply and thriftily.
Her work ethic and organisation are terrific, in many ways we have similar goals as we strive to optimise our time, but it’s her creativity I’m most attracted by whether it’s her incredible quilting output, knitting, beautiful yet thrifty sewing, painting or gardening.
What I particularly like about Anna is that while she aims high, she neither holds herself to perfection nor pretends to achieve perfection. Prolific she may be in creative output, hosting celebrations, learning new skills but scattered throughout her blog you’ll find posts on how she achieves these through thinking, planning and — I would be remiss if I did not say — her abiding faith.
I applaud Anna’s philosophy that the house or garden needn’t be perfect before she sits down, that there is no rule that everyone in the house gets to play “except Mother” and I love how she actively engages in the small pleasures of the everyday.
Having homeschooled her four (now) adult children and still homeschooling her fifth (youngest), she has much experience to share. In her popular Homeschool Heresies post she urges parents to:
5. Live an interested life. I cannot put this in bold enough face. You are interpreting the world to your child. Is it fascinating for you? Are you engaged in creating, in thinking, in knowing people? Do you make music, take pictures, cook, teach yourself to sew, hike someplace new, learn to fish, eat at a new restaurant, take the back way into town? Are you reading about the history of mental illness, repairing furniture, learning to oil paint? *Show* your child how interesting the world is, and they will love to learn.
Would that we all did that, homeschoolers, parents or otherwise.