Do you ever wonder where all your time goes? I ask myself that question almost every night before bed. Last week I enjoyed reading Sidetracked and Scatterbrained, where a friend in Mexico wrote about her typical day, so now I thought I’d share with you what my day as Olive-on-the-Aegean is
My day starts at 6:00, about the earliest we Mediterranean dwellers can even conceive of getting up. I have quiet time with God, go walking, pray with my husband and call the kids to breakfast by 8:00.
Home School day as a
Drill Sergeant Kind,
I turn into a
drill sergeant gentle mother to
get the kids into the living room at 8:30, so we can start school. Then from 8:30 to 2:30 I go back and forth
between my 15 year old son and 13 year old daughter. The day flies by with
Chemistry, General Science, Algebra II, 8th grade math, two English
courses, 20th Century World History, Logic and Latin.
Years ago I told my Turkish neighbors that I’m focused homeschooling my kids, so I can’t have drop in company until after 2:30. They think I’m a weird outer space alien anyway, since I home school, so they’ve gotten used to not knocking on the door before 2:30. This breaks all cultural rules, but it allows me to get things done.
Even so, between delivery men,the telephone, and internet, interruptions abound. I swear every year that I won’t answer the phone during school, but when it rings, but both kids yell, “Mom, get it! It could be something important.” So this year it’s easier just to answer it and be brief rather than argue with the kids about why I’m not answering the phone. We have a ten minute break every hour, so I do quick chores or get sidetracked on the internet.
Is There Life After School?
By 2:30, my brain is fried. On free afternoons, I take a short break, and then write for half an hour. Other afternoons I do errands or make brief visits. On Wednesdays, I rush out the door to a team prayer meeting. Friday afternoons I go on a coffee date with my husband. Then by 6:00, I’m scurrying to make dinner.
Regular evening activities include Tuesday English Club, and a Thursday Bible study with a young Christian couple. Sundays our home fellowship meets at 5:00 p.m., so that leaves a few nights free to relax at home, visit friends, or have a game or movie night with the kids. Most evenings I fall into bed between 10:30 and 11:00.
This brings me to a great question I saw on-line the other day, “Do I have Time to Home School and be a Cross-Cultural Worker?” The truth is I’m not sure! Home school and my family keep me busy, but I make time for small things like making a phone call to encourage someone, inviting mslm friends over for dinner, or meeting with a younger Christian woman to talk. I trust that God can use my small steps to make a difference here.
What does your day look like?