“You’re the Mockingjay!”
“Shut up. I am not.” But I was smiling a little.
This conversation between Dave and I happened a while back, when we were discussing a complicated situation in my strange little world of homeschooling. I know I’m being vague here, but work with me. And yes, my world is quite strange at times.
I don’t think its rebellious to question people and rules. Blindly following is not my style. Anyway, homeschool moms are already rebels, so they don’t need much encouragement from me to get worked up.
Honestly, I don’t understand why more people don’t question things. And by things, I mean everything. As a journalist, I had to assume that everything everyone told me was a lie, until they could prove it or I could confirm it elsewhere. My editor had a tough time getting this through my head, because I was all about “seeing the good in everyone.” Eventually, after being lied to enough, I got it. Question everything. Question what the experts tell you. Question what your doctor says. Question the teacher who is telling you your kid needs medication to sit still. Question the vet who wants to brush your cats teeth for a small fee of $1200. And always, always question the person who thinks they know it all.
If necessary, speak up, stand up, or put your foot down. Rebel.
Finally, after five years, we have a name for our homeschool.
Mockingjay Academy – because the odds are rarely in your favor.
Our motto, “because the odds are rarely in your favor,” may sound dark. I know. I kind of love it. Don’t waste too much time thinking about the odds. How often are the odds are stacked up against us? But it’s not about the odds. I want my little women to know that where they go in this world, and what they do it’s not about luck. I don’t want them to base their decisions on the odds. The odds can be beaten. That’s what makes things interesting.
As for raising rebels? Well, I don’t want them floating through life, listening to what everyone says (media, friends, even me) and taking it as fact. They need to think critically, do their research and form their own opinions. I want them to treat others with kindness and compassion, but I also want them to be bold when necessary and speak their mind with confidence.
“If I could grow wings, I could fly. Only people can’t grow wings,” he say’s. “Real or not real?”
“Real,” I say. “But people don’t need wings to survive.”