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Storms and Skeletons – #atozchallenge for April 22, 2017

Slices of An Unschooling Life Theme Reveal Post

Today’s Poetry Type:

Synchronicity

  • “Synchronicity” (The state or fact of being synchronous or simultaneous; synchronism. Coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related).

                     Lise and Buttercup are are growing up.
                     Lise and Buttercup are are growing up.

Storms and Skeletons

She’s never cared for thunderstorms

But she loves bones and skeletons

Do you?

 

Thunder and lightning terrify

Anatomy brings her delight

And you?

 

When storms flare up, she hides against me

She’s not squeamish about her insides

Are you?

 

Lightning fascinates and frightens

Her bones fascinate and support

Both true.

 

She knows weather has great power

And that her bones are hard and strong

As new.

 

Crashing storms might drive her to ground

Skeletal structure holds her up

Bones do.

——-

How do these things fit together?

Skeletons and storms aren’t the same.

Are they?

 

They’re both parts of the same person

Just the way she lives and feels life

Today.

During a visit to Manhattan, I snapped this picture I knew Lise would love - a skull with fashionable earrings!
During a visit to Manhattan, I snapped this picture I knew Lise would love – a skull with fashionable earrings!

As I write this, my daughter is nearing the halfway point between ages 12 and 13. It’s a momentous time of great growth. The things that seemed as though they would always be true for her are sometimes still true, and sometimes changing.

That’s the way of children. It’s a bit challenging, sometimes, because as parents we can forget what it was like when we were kids and life seemed to be changing almost by the moment – with our bodies, our minds, the things we loved and feared…

Shadows thrown on the side of our house by a police cruiser overseeing the removal of a tree that fell across our road during a severe August thunderstorm. Lise was fascinated.
Shadows thrown on the side of our house by a police cruiser overseeing the removal of a tree that fell across our road during a severe August thunderstorm. Lise was fascinated.

The actual truth is that, at this point in her life, neither storms nor skeletons hold quite the sway in her life they did a few years ago. Where storms terrified her into hiding right up against me a few years ago, now, on occasion, she just goes on about her life.

Even her fear isn’t what it used to be. And while she still likes skeletons, these days, it has more to do with her enjoyment of a “fashionable horror” edge to her life. She likes the spooky more than the anatomy, just now –

But that doesn’t mean either of these things, or any of a hundred thousand others, are immutable. Children are in a state of growth, and growth is change. I’m endlessly confronted with the proof that it’s a mistake to see my children as though their lives and characters are static.

Better to pay attention, to watch and listen and just be with them, so that I’m there whether my growing girl wants to revel in the storms of life, hide from them, or doesn’t even notice that they’re raging.

What changes have you noticed in your children?

What do you remember being afraid of as a kid?

Are you still?

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Tomorrow is a “dark day” here in #atozchallenge-land, but stop in on Monday , and we can watch some television together – trust me, itll be all right. =D

Thrilled and captivated by this horse skeleton she “found” at Wright’s Farm, York, Pa, at our very first unschooling camping adventure. She was five years ol.

Author:

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!

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