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L.

Since "homesick" is in the very name of my blog, I think I can say I know how you feel. We develop attachments to people and places, and it can be very disconcerting when those attachments are broken by perfectly normal life transitions. Even if we all come together again, it`s usually not quite the same.

David Thompson

Huh.

Richard

I'm the same way with nostalgia. I can't stand when someone tells me that I should remember the good times past so that I can feel "the joy" of those times today. Bologna. That's exactly what I do not want to do, because it ain’t no joy I feel. It’s sadness, and loss, and longing, which is odd as I am not a regretful person. Consequently, I try to insulate myself from this sadness by not entertaining memories too much or too often. I never save mementos from things anymore for exactly this reason. I just know that looking at them in years to come will just bring me sadness later.

Gotta run now though. My next therapy session's in an hour. ;)

Val

Great post. If you don't mind, tell me more about your "unschooling" mom-friends... I'm trying hard to help the children of one of my friends who is too enmeshed in her health issues & marital problems to educate her brood; they are drifting aimlessly & I fear, falling farther & farther behind. They need better life skills than caretaking goats, ponies, & chickens.

The Happy Feminist

"Unschooling" is a particular philosophy of "home schooling." From what I can gather, it is a very unstructured way of learning, in which the child determines what he or she is interested in learning and how long to spend on it. I really don't know much about it, so I can neither condemn nor endorse it. You might want to check out www.unschooling.com.

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