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The Joy of Skulls: #JusJoJan Day 12

Welcome to Day Twelve of Just Jot it January, where, for a month – well, we jot. Whatever. However. Wherever. Whyever. It’s graciously hosted by Linda G.Hill. 

Today’s prompt,skullscomes to us courtesy of Dean at Dean’z Doodlez.

I almost wrote a Trip and T’Pol story – except, after many days of insisting, persistently and purportedly logically, T’Pol must have been feeling a little playful. All I could pick up from her today were little fluffy pieces of this and that which went rather jarringly with the bloodier bits she was sharing – of being trapped, and knowing that her life, Trip’s, and their unborn twins’ were all at stake…but all of these are in fragmented images, like shattered bones, at the moment, and much more in images and emotional flashes than in anything that’s really ready to be shared in anything more than that scattered manner above.

Maybe, in some weird way, that carcasslike paragraph up there fits the theme…

Anyway, I’ve decided to go another way.

This is Yorick. I met him in a Manhattan beauty salon whose name I no longer remember. The very idea of this extremely country upstate girl who grew up next to a field where silage corn and timothy hay were grown, who watched the haying from her bedroom window, and who’s seldom given much of any thought at all to matters of fashion, would be in a Manhattan beauty salon was one of those simply amazing confluences of circumstance that lead me to create unabashedly run-on and purple passages.

Without the Internet, it probably never would have happened….but that’s not the point today. The point is that I met Yorick, and had fun with him. And I took pretty pictures, so I can smile about skulls while I share these with you.

Skulls also make me think of my daughter. That’s not gruesome – really!

You see, my little girl like bones. Always has – maybe always will. She’s got a fairly good grasp of human, equine, and mastodon anatomy, as you can see! Look at that joy, that goofy five-year old horse skull grin on ther little face! That, my friends, is LOVE!

Sometimes people wonder why we choose to live like this, why our children have lived lives free of school and lessons, and asked what we DO, how our kids learn, when they aren’t subject to any curriculum…

Here’s a little hint of an answer, in these images.

They learn.

Oh, yes! They learn.

And, while they’re doing it, their faces look like this! =D

Suddenly, I’m finding skulls to be things of beauty, and not just because they support so much.

Maybe that’s what T’Pol wanted me to see today? Don’t know, but, in the interest of full disclosure, I’m going to tell you that I have a headache that’s insisting my own skull is too tight. I’m trying to stave off a potential incipient migraine. I’m not going to proofread this; despite having other writing I could and maybe should be doing, tonight, I think I’m going to set aside the laptop earlier tonight, take a hot shower, and maybe try to rest it away.

May we all keep what’s in our skulls in place, and fill them with thoughts that make that face in front of that skull grin like this little girl!


That’s it for me today…find more jottings right here!


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

6 thoughts on “The Joy of Skulls: #JusJoJan Day 12

  1. I am actually a fan of unschooling, and reading about your experiences is really cool. 😉

    I think your daughter is a forensic anthropologist in the making (that’s a reference to the TV show Bones, which I love. It’s about a, you guessed it, forensic anthropologist. Who solves crime.)

    Hugs on the migraine — I suffer from those, as well as excruciating eye pain (different cause, though) and I totally get needing to close the puter for the night and rest. Sometimes we need that more than anything.

    1. I’ve also thought she might enjoy designing zoo exhibits that challenge and stimulate the animals…

      She discovered Bones when she was nine, and for a few months, it was her favorite show. =)

      I’ve had migraines since puberty, so I’m used to them. That doesn’t make them more pleasant, but I deal with them better, and can feel one coming on sooner, sometimes soon enough to do something about it.

      I’m glad you like my unschooling posts. I shared more when the children were younger; they want more privacy in their lives these days, and I respect that.

    1. If you could put woods and pastures and horse skeletons and museums in your school, and if the kids had the freedom to explore as they wanted, taken what they needed from the learning…

      Most schools don’t have those things or work that way, so the results will inevitably differ.

      But my girl? She totally fell in love with that skeleton, and wanted to bring it home with us! These pictures were part of the compromise that left it on the farm where it was discovered.

      If you’d like to read more about that trip, here’s my original post on the subject, from 2009.

      1. That’s so great. I think Public school lacks much it should have in the way of field trips and hands on experiences. The end of a grade could be a culminating project with say, a skeleton!

        1. Only, with most projects, there’s an adult designing them, and that implies an adult agenda behind it…and, like most humans, a good many kids tend to resist the agendas of others when imposed upon them.

          We love our state museum (where the mastodon skeleton is), and often go during weekdays, when it’s much quieter. Sometimes we see school groups, all the children in a cluster, with the teacher or a guide lecturing on this or that, and then they all move together to the next thing on the list, and the next, and the next…

          By contrast, we go where we want to go. Some visits, we just explore the upstairs where the carousel is, other times we explore widely. M agenda is never to have my kids learn specific things, it’s to give them opportunities for joy, fascination, and exploration.

          Honestly, the learning takes care of itself, in an organic, unpredictable, and often effortless fashion, and with a great deal of fun and autonomy.

          Autonomy is key. Each of my children is gathering information and acquiring skills that fit his/her nature, and, as they’re getting older (15 and 11.5 now), it’s fascinating for ME to see the evolution of their learning.

          But, in the absence of true freedom for publicly schooled kids, I think a school wide array of hands-on experiences for a day or a week – all voluntary, and without associated assignments, but WITH an array of related resources readily available forth those who want more of that, would be an awesome way to cap off a school year.

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