Rainy day homeschool
They tell me to sit down. While I’ve been on an important phone call they’ve been rummaging through dress ups and their own imagination and come up with an elaborate game. They take me on a journey with the map in the living room, across the ocean in a steam ship, by train over land…all the while Caleb points to each spot on the wall map telling me where they are traveling.
After the “travels” they disperse around the house. I watch and listen and smile.
Caleb: “I’m pounding nails in (holding an imaginary hammer and pencils for ‘nails’), is this a good place? Watch out for my nails Audrey.”
Audrey: “Yes, it’s good.”
Mom: “What are you doing?”
Caleb: “Building Audrey’s orphanage, I’m almost done.”
Mom: “What’s the name of the orphanage?”
Audrey (ever so matter-of-factly): “A Chunk of Love Orphanage.”
Mom (deep breath and huge grin – could I love them any more?): “That’s awesome. I love it.”
Somehow, don’t ask me how, Caleb tells me that he’s Ronald Reagan before he was President of the United States and he is building Audrey (who tells me she’s dressed up to be Clara Barton because she didn’t like the name Gladys Alward) an orphanage in Hong Kong. I bite my tongue and try not to laugh, looking at the outfit Caleb has chosen, brown Carthartt coveralls and leather gloves and brown leather boots.
Kyler is a rock climber. He’s scaling Mt St Helens (our living room recliner chair) before it blew up.
Rylee makes me guess who she is…her bright fuschia sari is a dead giveaway though and I get it right on my first guess, Amy Carmichael.
And this little one is content to watch it all unfold…
No, she’s not embarrassed that she is still in her pajamas at 3:00 in the afternoon 🙂