Home Works

We work at being at home; our home works for our family. We are regular; regular seems rare. I try to look at the stars like my mother does each night -- proof we are all under the same sky.

Friday, September 30, 2005

The Channel

This week, Isaac said, "Do you know what today is? September 26. I've been here two months."

"Happy Anniversary!" I said.

"It's been fast, very fast," he said.

I agree. When we suddenly agreed to take a Spanish-speaking teenager from Ecuador into our home, the year loomed large with many worries. Today, in the Mexican Restaurant, the manager spoke to me in Spanish, and I responded in Spanish. Confused, he then spoke to me in English because he hadn't expected Spanish. Then, I was confused, because I hadn't expected English after he started in Spanish. False starts with smiles, like when you meet someone in a hall and mirror each other's efforts to get out of the way. While I now know enough Spanish to be confused about what language I'm speaking with someone, I still don't know enough to actually have a meaninfgul conversation in Spanish.

Two months ago was also before the twin hurricanes hit just a little south of here.

Two months ago, the children in our neighborhood had not yet returned to school.

Today, it's over twenty degrees cooler; our lives are ruled by the schedules of two soccer teams and a karate dojo. When Nick's and Patrick's soccer ends, Isaac's will begin. And it will be two months later again.

Right now, I think beyond my to-do list to the want-to-do list. I am working up to another round of phone calls to the community college for scheduling information for spring semester so I can get my oldest dual-enrolled for a class. I am mentally planning a short literary introduction to Faulkner for my boys and any teens in the homeschool group who want to go to Oxford MS and tromp where he tromped. I am thinking about the three ponds in the neighborhood, and how a bio lab on water quality might be an interesting project for our family. (Please send ideas/resources).

I'm thinking of Kevin's Eagle project. He typed out his solicitation for volunteers today. He'll be transforming a trail at the Arkabutla Lake Army Corps of Engineers project into an interpretive trail, with signs about the nature and history of the area, along with other trail improvements. At one point, you can see the channel where the Coldwater River once flowed, complete with big-kneed cyprus trees. But the river was moved, moved to get the channel in the right place to create Arkabutla dam and Arkabutla Lake, providing flood control, ultimately for the Mississippi River.

And I think about Kevin's keyboarding. At some point I said, "Granny's worried that you don't really know how to type. Could you put your fingers in the right places and learn to use the keyboard without looking at the keys so she won't worry about you?" In less than two months, he transformed from non-typist to typist, motivated by Mom worrying about Granny worrying about him -- with online forums on evolution, corporal punishment, compulsory education, civil rights and religion providing the "exercises."

So in two months, some of the want-to-do's will have been lived. Some still will be in the planning stages. Some will have been lost in the immediate shuffle for hair cuts, doctor's appointments, good-books-you-can't-put-down, and walks in the woods, which are best in October and November, with a little boy running ahead to warn any cooler-weather snakes that you're coming.

New want-to-do's will make themselves known within two months, shimmering amidst the scrambled eggs, read-alouds, and driveway basketball games.

Rápido. Muy rápidamente.

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