My friend Abi asked me to write a page about myself and the way-too-many things I do. Shortly after that, another friend posted a list of 25 random things about herself. It looked like a fun way to fill Abi’s request. I wrote all 25 before realizing that no one in their right mind would read it all in one sitting. I’m that long-winded.
So I divided it into more palatable bite sizes which I’ll post every Tuesday until they’re done. Here are the first five, in exactly the order each occurred to me:
1. We unschool because we believe in it. And because I’m lazy. So most of the time the kids run wild and amaze us with the things they manage to learn despite us. But every few months I get in a terrified frenzy because they haven’t read any Shakespeare yet or done any calculus or learned to speak a second language fluently. I gather up every piece of curriculum I’ve ever purchased, draw up elaborate schedules, and purchase on-line subscriptions to learning websites. I then torment the children with several hours of lessons a day for about a week before we all burn out and go back to wild-as-usual.
2. I read my first Shakespeare play when I was 11. I bought a copy of it at a second-hand store in Hay-on-Wye in Wales, which is the coolest place in the world for a book nerd. Street after street of nothing but book stores. Dad would give me a 10-pound note and set me loose. My hundred-year-old copy of All’s Well that Ends Well came with the pages still uncut. I read it on the drive home, cutting each new page open as I went, unlocking each new trove of words with the delicious sound of tearing paper. The piece is an edifying story of a woman who falls in love with a man who hates her. So she does the only sensible thing: She disguises herself as a prostitute, steals his ring, and becomes pregnant with his child so he’ll have to marry her. Then they live happily ever after. Somehow it managed to hook me on Shakespeare anyway.
3. My parents raised llamas when I was a teenager and I pretended to hate it because I needed a reason to hate my parents. Yes, that was the best I could come up with. Then I decided I wanted to like the llamas so I devised to fall madly and inexplicably in love with the next baby that was born. It worked beautifully. The time and training I lavished on that sweet boy convinced my parents to buy me an expensive show llama which I then promptly ignored for the rest of his life. Sorry, Mom and Dad.
4. I like tower defense games. My favorite is Gemcraft at armorgames.com. I also have played World of Warcraft (super cool for a while, boring swiftly thereafter), Civilization, and various games on the Kinect. None of which are tower defense games but I like them anyway.
5. I don’t like television or movies. I hate not being able to scan forward if I’m bored or go back if I missed something. And I’m always missing something , mixing up the characters, and getting lost. Then I drive Carey crazy asking him questions about really obvious things so that he misses critical dialog and then we’re both lost.