Did you like school? I hated it. It wasn't so much the classes, but I had real problems with getting up in the morning and just getting there. It didn't help that my mom worked long graveyard shifts. By the time she got home from work, she was too tired to fight with me about getting to school. I stayed home sick a lot, but only because I was lazy. Besides, all the good cartoons were on from 7am to 8am. School just got in the way of that. One good thing was that when I joined the work force, I rarely called in sick. Most of the jobs I had didn't allow that because there was no one else to fill in for me. But school -- nope, didn't like it, didn't want to go.
I am playing around with a story idea at the moment and have been thinking about my experiences with school. I surprised myself when I realized how many bad things I remembered. There are very few good things that stick out. I can recall unpleasant things from as early as preschool and all the way through my senior year of high school. I'm really tempted to write them down. If I were to write a book about my experiences, it would probably be the most depressing book ever written. I didn't have a horrible childhood. I know people who did and who have really suffered, both physically and mentally. I guess it was less than ideal and a lot of negative things stand out. School just wasn't fun for me. I graduated by the skin of my teeth and only with the help of a teacher who didn't want to see me fail because he knew I wasn't stupid. Had I gone to class more, I probably would have gotten really good grades. I got A's in psychology, but failed tennis class. I suppose the teachers had a lot to do with that, not to mention that I hated getting all sweaty at school from PE. I went to Catholic school for a year and a half and that was just one of the worst times. The nuns were incredibly mean. Not just strict, but mean ... and cruel emotionally.
Ironically, I didn't go to college and get some big career. I stopped working outside the home as soon as I got pregnant and I've been a stay-at-home-mom since. Those psychology, typing, and home ec classes paid off. Tennis -- ummm, not so much. It's just funny that I've chosen to homeschool my kids. If you think about it, I've been in school for over 24 years. And with Neil only in 2nd grade, I have 10 more to go. That's a lot of school time, especially for someone who never liked school. I chose homeschooling for a variety of reasons -- not because I'm anti-school system. My own personal experiences really don't have anything to do with my decision. My main wish is for my kids to be happy and to enjoy the process of learning. I know the boys would sometimes rather play PS3 all day rather than do their school work, but I try to make it fun for them. I don't want them to despise school like I did. And who knows, maybe I'll write down all those horrible experiences and see if I can make some sense of them someday.