Mayhem and Stardust

We are the proud parents of, amongst others, Jig, who has a handsome collection of diagnoses (ADHD, AD, FASD) which probably mean nothing and a generous smattering of fairy dust which probably counts for everything. School was a huge challenge and so we decided, probably rashly, to move to the country and home educate him. No medication, no 'support', chickens, space, a farm on the doorstep and a beach nearby. What could possibly go wrong?

Snowdrops and shopping – a year on

Although it is over a year since we left our rather civilized life in the city in order to create an environment that would save Jiggy from ongoing medication and ‘intervention’ that we felt would inevitably fail it is almost exactly a full year since this Jiggy and Mummy home schooling adventure began rolling.  Moo and Titch have been at the local village school since March last year and are both genuinely happy.  They need and are getting extra academic help and we are managing Moo’s social angst “in-house”!

Jig and I are still entirely under the radar as Cornwall haven’t seen fit to check up on us.  Whilst I know that it isn’t really OK on a wider scale (and they really should have!) I am really grateful to have had this time off grid to work out how we do this thing without local authority “advice”.  Put it this way, I did my bit and I am not reminding them that we are here…

We have unusual double-headed snowdrops here and as they appeared last week on the newly cleared shrubbery patch in this wild Cornish homestead we are busy reclaiming I was struck by how pleased I was to see them.  Pleased that we have survived to see them again.  Pleased that there is a great deal to celebrate about this year and pleased that I can face this next year on much more solid ground, and not just because we have replaced the joists. Pleased that I could take Jig to Exeter yesterday and we achieved real shopping in an ordinary way. Pleased that he can do many more just as important things and that with every fall along the way there is a clutch of successes to offset it. The fact that the conifers fell over in the storm last night and squashed the snowdrops doesn’t mean that we don’t know they are there, underneath it all.

We have some great adventures planned for 2014.  One day at a time though.  One day at a time.

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3 thoughts on “Snowdrops and shopping – a year on

  1. You really on a grand adventure moving to Cornwall and starting home schooling, sounds like it’s working out well for you all. Sorry to hear about the conifers as those snowdrops are really beautiful.

    Thanks for joining in The Weekly Adoption Shout Out.

  2. So pleased to have found another great blog through #WASO – and a home-edding family too! Long before I ever even thought of adoption I was already won over by home-ed – now very excited to be able to put it into practice with my son 🙂 Looking forward to reading more.

  3. What a wonderful post and so lovely to read about another home-ed family. I have only in the past few months started home educating my youngest and I am already wondering why I didn’t have the courage to do it before – he is such a different child now the pressure is off.
    I look forward to following you

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