I believe there are quite a few home school families who read my blog. I have the utmost respect for home schoolers who do their job well. In recent years some fine students who were home schooled have been in my university French classes. I'm confident that any home schoolers will read today's post with an eye to the humor. It is in no way meant as a criticism, but rather it highlights the humor of their particular situation. The list has been in my files for years, recently resurfaced, and has been tweaked slightly from the way it originally came to me.
Top twenty reasons to home school
20. Your kids never tell you that their teacher knows more than you do.
19. If you can't find matching socks for your child first thing in the morning, who cares?
18. Cleaning out the refrigerator can double as science lab.
17. Your kids never have a reason to think they'll get beat up by a gang at school.
16. If the principal gives the teacher a bad evaluation, she can stick her icy feet against his legs at night.
15. You can post the Ten Commandments on your school room wall, and you won't get sued.
14. You never have to drive your child's forgotten lunch to school.
13. Your child will never go to their 20th high school reunion, meet an old flame, and rush into an unfortunate marriage.
That reminded me of a cartoon I love....
12. You get to change more than diapers — you get to change minds.
11. If you get caught talking to yourself, you can claim you're having a PTA meeting.
10. It's better to be slightly concerned about socialization than very concerned about socialism.
9. Your child will never suffer the embarrassment of group showers after PE.
8. The only debate about the school lunch program is whose turn it is to cook.
7. You never have to face the dilemma of whether to take your child's side or the teacher's side in a dispute at school.
6. If your child gets drugs at school, it's probably Tylenol.
5. The teacher gets to kiss the principal in the faculty lounge and no one gossips.
4. Your kids recognize that this list is numerically in reverse order.
3. Your honor student can actually read the bumper sticker that you have put on your car.
2. If your child claims that the dog ate his homework, you can ask the dog.
And the number one reason ... Someday your children will consider you to be a miracle worker.
This past week one of my readers sent me a link to a great video — a CBS report on France's Gourmet School Lunches. I found it on YouTube, downloaded it, and have it available further down in this blog post, in case it ever goes away on the CBS site. I laughed out loud several times as I watched because it's SO true of the way the French view food!
If you're reading this in an e-mail or a blog reader, you can view the video either by going to the CBS site  (they probably have more bandwidth than I do) or go to this post on my blog  and view it there.
I wonder if that could be one reason so few French families home school — how could a French home school mom compete with the lunches in the French schools?!
Even though Nora and Topher went by the hospital early in the evening of their wedding, they were not able to hold Ryan. This past Sunday Aunt Nora got to hold the little guy for the first time. She calls Ryan her coolest wedding gift.
Here are our two bouncing baby boys — Mark and Ryan gently bouncing on the exercise ball. Mark and Katie hope to find a rocking chair soon. Anyone know of a good source for one that's not too expensive?
Here I am "on the ball" with Ryan also.
The pair of bluebirds mentioned in a previous post  did indeed decide to build a nest in our birdhouse. Here's a picture I sneaked of their eggs yesterday afternoon when the parents were temporarily out.
More updates to follow....
"Have you seen anything amazing lately that only God can do?" — Drew Conley
Apple: Nutritious lunchtime dessert that children will often trade for cupcakes