Not to long ago I invited a homeschooler I met at a local ice rink into my home for tea, as she was new to homeschooling and said she was secretly hiding the fact she believes in evolution. Our visit was very eye opening. After speaking together for a while about fitting in with the local homeschool group, several interesting conversations came out about the way I decorate my home. I thought I would share them as I truly wonder how many others out there would feel the same.
|I have 2 pictures of wine bottles: one from VA where my husband and I lived and where we got married and this may shock some people, I guess, but we were married at a local Virginia Vineyard and it was beautiful|
|This one is from Napa Valley that we picked up while on vacation there years ago--I felt compelled to inform my guest that my husband and I are not drinkers. But we have been known to have a glass of wine at dinner occasionally.|
Another decorating tip given was about my decor in my living room. My guest pointed out the figurines I had on a display shelf.
|On the next shelf are items my husband has picked up from his travels in Africa. I don't believe any of them are of a religious nature|
Other then these conversations the visit went well, I think. We did talk about many other topics but these two topics continue, after several weeks, to fester in my mind. Even after talking to my husband and both of us agreeing that we will not be redecorating our home to suit anyone else's beliefs, this is still greatly bothering me.
Last week while at an art class, my daughter was sitting at a table filled with older homeschooled kids when the creationist debate began. I was so proud of her when she politely and calmly spoke up stating "I believe in evolution and can we please change the subject since this is such a hot topic to debate right now" While the kids got momentarily quiet they did change the subject. At the table where I was sitting I saw a few mother purse their lips in disapproval. I will be very curious to see what happens next week and where some of those children will be sitting, cause I have a feeling it won't be next to my child. I am already beginning to discuss this possible scenario with her.
I do not intend to turn my homeschooling blog into my personal spiritual journey, but if something comes up that is related to homeschooling I will post about it. I think this post qualifies as it is my struggle of fitting in our local homeschooling groups.