You Might Be a Homeschooler If . . .

This video is hilarious.

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I got to the following point before burst out laughing:

“You might be a homeschooler if you judge the length of car rides by how many episodes of Adventures in Odyssey it’s going to take to get there.”

Until this moment, I thought was just my family. I am duly corrected! Here are some more that I could definitely relate to:

“If you ever did two days of school in one so your family could leave on vacation.”

“If the first an only R rated movie you ever saw was Passion of the Christ.”

“If your parents skipped over the parts in classic Disney movies where there was a classic witch.”

“If the first adult fiction book you ever read was Left Behind.”

“If you’re filled with fear and dread when you hear the word Saxon.”

“If your parents sat you down after watching the Wizard of Oz to explain to you that there is no such thing as good witches.”

“If you read more books in a month than kids with assigned reading lists read in a year.”

“If you weren’t allowed to watch Power Rangers.”

“If you weren’t allowed to watch movies that talked about evolution.”

Yup. Pretty much.

Oh! I just found out that there are two sequels! And they are just as good!

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Here are the ones that stuck out to me from this one:

“You might be a homeschooler if you have pro-life bumper stickers on your fifteen passenger van.”

“If you have very strong opinions on which Narnia vieo was supposed to be read first.”

If you’re not allowed to date, but if that boy intends to marry you, you can court him all day.”

“If you wish Connie and Eugene had gotten married.”

“You might be a homeschooler if you ever received the Timothy Award.”

“If you ever built an entire town out of legos.”

And now the third video:

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My favorites from this one were:

“If you’ve ever made a movie with your siblings.”

“If seeing your mom without a baby bump is unusual.”

“If you loved the first two Anne of Green Gables movies, but seriously, what was with that third one.”

“If you only go to the doctor if it’s a life or death situation.”

“If you’re still mad about Connie and Mitch.”

“If your favorite super hero is Bible Man.”

“If you ever kissed dating goodbye.”

“If doing the dishes is considered home economics.”

Now to be clear, I didn’t identify with every one of the things mentioned in these videos. For instance, some of the “you might be a homeschooler if . . . ” statements appear to assume that you had public school friends, and I didn’t. We also didn’t play Nintendo an we weren’t allowed to watch Magic School Bus because the kids in it were disrespectful. But the vast majority of these things? Spot on.

And now I need to go watch these three more times.

Addendum: After reading a number of the comments, I think it’s worth saying that about a third of the things mentioned in these videos are things that that pertain specifically to evangelicalism, about a third are things that pertain specifically to nerd and geek culture, and about a third are things that are homeschooling specific. The thing is, in the homeschooling world I grew up in, all of these different strands came together, and perhaps that’s why I found these videos so humorous. I grew up in a world that combined Bible Man, a constantly pregnant mother, and the Silmarillian. 

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About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.