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    Filed at 7:16 am under by dcobranchi

    T. M. Whitney doesn’t hang out with too many home educators.

    When our friendship first developed, she had two girls, a 4-year-old and a baby who was so charming and cute that she became something of a party favor at my wedding reception, quietly accepting as she was passed from arm to arm, eliciting coos and emitting burbles. Ten years later, her family had expanded by four more, with another on the way.

    … In Mike’s high school yearbook, the inscription under Leda’s photo makes reference to her then- ambition to become a kindergarten teacher. Whether it was a matter of life getting in the way of her dreams or for other reasons that I am not privy to, Leda never did become a kindergarten teacher. She fell in love, got married and, after her second child, decided to become a full-time, stay-at-home mother.

    After a decade of getting to know her, I think she is one of those women that I suspect must have a superwoman’s cape, costume and boots hidden in the same closet with the proverbial skeletons.

    Big family, home births, breastfed kids. Sounds pretty normal to me.

    2 Responses to “UP IN THE SKY”

    Comment by
    August 16th, 2004
    at 11:25 am

    Gasp! You called me normal!

    Sorry, that doesn’t happen too often 😉

    Comment by
    August 17th, 2004
    at 8:31 am

    I think that “life getting in the way of her dreams” crack is hilarious!!!

    High school girl’s yearbook dreams to teach kindergarten can usually be interpreted to mean “I’m too embarassed to admit that I really want to get married and have my own children and teach them and be available to my family.”