We live on a busy main street called Fuller Avenue, that cuts through our neighborhood North to South. Fuller is an exit from Interstate I-96 East that goes across Michigan from Muskegon to Detroit. Sometimes I use my imagination to turn the sounds of cars going by into waves hitting the shore. Our house then becomes a old victorian cottage on the shore of Lake Michigan.
The constant pulse of cars going by is a reminder of how different our life is from others. We do not go off to work, our children do not go off to school. We are radically home. It's not that we don't go anywhere, we do. (We actually have our own car now after going without for 9 years.) But Brenda and I both work at home and the children are unschooled. Our house is surrounded by a large garden full of fruits, herbs and vegetables.
What does being radically home mean? It means we share meals together every day. It means we can be there for each other when we need to be. It also means we can go off to a corner and be by ourself if that's what we need. And yes we do get bored until the boredom caves into to something interesting - like Rain discovering a new magic trick, or Grace patching together a new episode for her Youtube channel- Galaxy Gal. Maybe Dove bakes a batch of her chocolate chip cookies which are just coming out of the oven as Brenda goes out the front door to walk to belly dance class. Shepherd is vacuuming his room which must mean Carl is coming over today.
We really like being home. Our life has - for so many years, revolved around home -- like the spokes of a great wheel. This wheel continues to turn and as it does adventures and challenges keep coming our way and we go through them together. What does being home look like for your family?