I envy you. I admire you. I wish I was one of you. And sometimes I feel like I am.
So many of you are witty, intelligent, and just plain fun. You've got a great sense of humor, and you're all the same in the sense that every single one of you is incredibly unique. While most teenagers seem to like virtually the same mainstream music, movies, and pastimes, homeschoolers have a plethora of passions! One might love to swing dance, another might make and shoot longbows, and still another may have a self-managed greenhouse and garden.
Although I love how unique you are from the average person, I also value the commonalities you share with one another. All of the homeschoolers I know are Christian, and it's a comfort to be around people who share similar faiths. You have lovely common interests as well, like reading, writing, diy-ing, and making music and art. My homeschooled friends have deemed me similar enough to them to be called "homeschooled at heart", which to me is a great honor.
|By Barbara Cooney, a brilliant illustrator|
Your way of living seems so fresh and free and flexible. I love the idea of working at my own pace (to an extent) and having time to learn any subject I want! I won't say you have so much extra time, because you fill it with worthwhile activities. You have the coolest extracurriculars! Music lessons, youth orchestras, plays, dances, ballet, sewing circles, I've heard it all. You become such well-rounded people through the variety of your education!
I long for a homeschooled lifestyle. I wish I could learn from home and not wake up so early every morning in order to go to a big, bright, loud, and crowded school full of people who just don't have the same personality or interests as I do. I wish my life wasn't run by a bell. I wish I could spend my days surrounded by my bookshelves and fresh air and family.
In case you were wondering, you aren't missing
There are usually more class options and opportunities at a public high school than at home, depending on how you look at it. There are more resources at a high school than at a house, such as quality culinary arts kitchens, auto shops, and auditoriums. However, homeschoolers often are able to create their own classes by reading on any subject, and devoting time and energy into any skill.
By this letter, I by no means intend to bash my high school or the friends I have made there. Nor do I pretend that being homeschooled is a paradise without hardship. The main purpose of writing to you all, dear homeschoolers, is to let you know that you are wonderful, kind, and lovely people. You have inspired me to kindness, creativity, and a greater eagerness to learn. Thank you for being so amazing!