The Laughter of Learning

shutterstock_120737467Homeschooling a whole mess of boys is a huge challenge. And I say this knowing full-well that I can only grasp the reality of that statement tangentially; my beloved, patient wife bears the real brunt of its truth.

Something that makes it measurably easier, however, is the willingness of the older boys to help their younger siblings with schoolwork. It’s easier because “many hands help make an enormous task lighter, even if the hands are pretty small.” And because of exchanges like this, which help lighten the load immeasurably.


INT. SUSANKA LIVING ROOM – DAY

MARK, blondish and earnest, sits hunched over in the middle of the sun-splashed living room floor. He is surrounded by books, pencils, apple cores, stray Lego pieces, and DAVID, who is refreshingly eager when it comes to schoolwork, but never, ever still. They’re working on one of David’s geography lessons.

MARK
How many continents are there?

DAVID (enthusiastically):
Seven!

MARK (thoughtful):
Well, I guess so…

…if you don’t count Atlantis.


Ah, those Susanka Boys. They’re absolutely steeped in Book Learnin’. Steeped, I tell you! …they’re just not always steeping in precisely the books they’re supposed to be learnin’. And that’s just fine with me, because sometimes what you’re learning is nowhere near as important as who you’re learning it from. Or with.

Attribution(s): “Classroom Image That Can’t Be My House Because One of the Students Is Wearing a Dress, But Is Otherwise Frighteningly Accurate” provided by Shutterstock; “Mark and David” provided by me. And Mrs. S.

"Did you manage to find if this was Alda or Asimov? I can't find either."

Intriguing Quote of the Day, Courtesy ..."
"I'm not sure there is a conclusion to be drawn, Burnetten, other than the one ..."

A Handful Of Mighty Musical Hunters
"Thanks for this assessment. I wish that some conclusions had been drawn. The similarity between ..."

A Handful Of Mighty Musical Hunters
"It's hard to be human and have choices? It's easy to be a dog or ..."

An Uncomfortably Challenging Quote from Aleksandr ..."

Browse Our Archives

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment