As you know, we have deemed Tuesday’s as “Interpretation Tuesday” at Logos Christian Academy (yes this IS the name of our homeschool since 2005 more on this later :). Today the our special topic for interpretation was “friendship.” We talked a lot about what being a true friend is. We read the story of Ruth and Naomi which is a beautiful depiction of what real friendship, if guided by Christ, can become. To sum it all up, the children wanted to paint their friends (go figure, painting is their favorite thing to do these days) to show their interpretation of friendship. But first…..
Here are a few highlights from our chat:
“S” (2-years-old), when asked what a friend is, he replied, “Friend. Yah.” I laughed and then asked him again what a friend was and this time he said, “Friend? Jonah’s house.” This is precious to me as even though he is only 2, he understands what a friend is. He has a special relationship with the Montanez children and Jonah who is the big brother is someone very special to “S”.
“M” (4-years-old), when asked the same question told me, “Friends are for making foot prints, for friends. I just make a friend, one friend.” Yesterday we were blessed to spend a large part of our Memorial Day with some great friends we have made in Germany. “M” and the “one friend” he was referring to yesterday were making foot prints with water on the sidewalk. They had a great time doing this – and yes – he is right – friends ARE for making footprints WITH friends.
“H”, our 10-year-old, put it a bit more eloquently. She said, “I think a friend is a pathway in life that helps you get through life when you have some challenges.” “H” has been having a lot of personal challenges in her life lately. She is a growing young lady with everything (I mean everything) about her constantly changing. She has come to an age where having a friend to confide in means everything. I am so grateful that she has a handful of wonderful young ladies near and far to call on in her time of need. I am also proud to say that she is a great friend to all who meet her.
I love the hearts of our children. I love the way our babies let us know how they feel and are not afraid to be who they are and say what they think (respectfully of course). It makes me happy that even though I am an authority figure in their lives now – later – when out of the house, the relationships I am building with our children will also become friendships. I look forward to continuously forging these relationships and learning as much as I can from them while they are still at home. So you call yourself a homeschooler? Yes, I do. And I am the student 🙂