I spoke at a homeschooling convention yesterday. Part of me was wowed by the fact that I had been asked to speak at the convention that, in years past, had been the iconic Homeschooling Event Of The Year in these parts. The other part of me mitigated that with the fact that, facing competition with other conventions, it has become a much smaller affair. And the fact that I was only doing an exhibitor’s workshop.
So it wasn’t like I was a keynote speaker or anything.
But I was still thrilled.
In a vague attempt to fool myself into not thinking too highly of myself (because, come on, seriously. We all do.), I had myself convinced that I would probably attract three or four attendees, and I pictured us pulling our chairs into a circle and having a nice Socratic Dialogue about the topic.
After all, I was representing Classical Conversations, so that would have been fitting.
It turned out to be standing room only, and they turned people away at the door. Small room, so maybe 40 or so people. I had made only 10 copies of my handouts.
But it went well, I think. It seemed well-received. They laughed at most of my jokes, anyway. I probably told too many – I usually do. But a couple of people stayed after to ask questions, so it couldn’t have been awful.
When I got home, the 14 year old asked me how it went. I told him how amazed I was that so many people attended. He looked thoughtful, and then asked me what my topic was. So I told him it was “How Do I Teach All These Children And Still Get Dinner On The Table?”
He rolled his eyes at me.
“Mom, of COURSE they wanted to hear about that. You should have booked a bigger room.”
It was at this point that it really started to dawn on me that after 17 years of homeschooling, I might know some stuff that people need to hear. Because while, in my mind, all those articles have already been written, it occurs to me that there is a whole new crop of homeschoolers who aren’t likely to dig through back issues of Home Schooling Enrichment Magazine for the answers to their burning questions.
So I have decided to start writing again.
As soon as I get my curriculum chosen for the British Lit. class I’m teaching in the fall.
But right after that. I am TOTALLY going to start writing again.
Bug me if I don’t. (Although, if you do, you may want to stand ready to duck, because if you have chosen the wrong time to nudge, like, say, when grades are due, I may throw something).