Why I Work

I flew in from Virginia today and went straight to work, where I run afterschool and community programs for our church.  The high school seniors were coming in today to work on college essays.

When I got in, D asked me how long it would be until the jet lag hit me.  He thought that every time you took a flight you would have jet lag. He’s one of the brightest kids I’ve worked with.  (His essay today had this line: Her words calmed the seismograph that was  my heart.) But he’s received a rotten education, and he didn’t know what jet lag is, and he’s negligently underprepared for college. Which makes me mad.

Like D, I had never been on a plane before my senior year in high school.  Unlike D, my school asked me to read widely and take science classes with labs and write geometry proofs.  So I knew what jet lag was and I was prepared for college.

I explained to D what jet lag was and why I wouldn’t suffer from it flying in from Virginia.  Then we worked on his essay, to come up with a structure for it that was as strong as the poetry of its language.  Which was fun.

And today, for the first time since I started to homeschool, I was glad that I still work.  It’s been so hard, and I have NO time to myself anymore.  And I’m barely getting everything done at work. And things would work better for the boys if we had a more leisurely school schedule.  And I’m showering less than before, which is disturbing given how inadequate my previous bathing schedule was.

But I love D.  And I love my boys.  And I’m glad God is making a way for me to teach all three of them – even if it isn’t always pretty.

About Tara Edelschick

Right now, Tara is on sabbatical in Costa Rica. She is sleeping more, and exercising and flossing every day for the first time in her life. She is enjoying her husband, her boys, and Nafisa (the daughter she never had) more than she ever has. And she is learning to rest in the arms of the one who doesn't rank you based on how many things you can cross off your list at the end of the day. Follow her on Twitter@TaraWonders.

  • Theresa Mann Bouey

    Thanks for this entry, Tara. You are so right. There are many days when I feel like I am spending way too much time with the kids and need a break or two or three, just to have a complex thought or a complete one! I have been offered a part-time job and I am extremely reluctant to take it because I really do not want to add more stress to our life. But maybe it would be a benefit, especially given the points you raised here.

    It is definitely worth a thought and a prayer…

    • tedelschick

      If I didn't have already have a job when I started this, I certainly wouldn't have added one during the first year I was homeschooling. But I am hopeful that if we continue to homeschool, I'll be able to continue working as well.

  • Jeff

    Don't they have a shower down the hall from your office at the church?

  • Joyce Ellerbee

    God Bless you. I am trying to home school a two year old, work part-time and stay sane. Your are an inspiration. Keep up the good work, I'm sure it will get better each and every day (I hope).