I'm often asked if I have any regrets from my homeschooling years. Generally, the answer is "no". I certainly don't regret having chosen that path, and I don't regret the relaxed environment in which we operated most of those years. So any regrets I do have are pretty specific. Sometimes, we get a second chance to fix something we neglected in the early years.
My daughter is coming home for a couple of months, before moving to England, perhaps permanently. I just spoke with her and asked her if she'd like me to help her learn to sew while she is here. That was always one of my regrets. I used to sew a lot when I was young, even sewing my husband's dress shirts, and all of the baby clothes for the first two babies. Somewhere in the busy-ness of homeschooling, I stopped doing that.
When my girls were younger, they had no interest in sewing, other than an occasional fling with knitting or crocheting, mostly as a crafts project. Then, when they got older and wanted to learn, life got in the way and we never had the time to "make time". Luckily, I just got reminded of my own interest in sewing at the Austin Trust in Learning Conference. The lady next to me had a booth showcasing the sewing classes she was teaching to homeschoolers. I kept wandering over there whenever my own booth got slow. So when I was thinking about how to spend this limited time with my daughter, sewing just naturally came to my mind. I'm so excited to be getting back into this. Of course, when I last sewed, patterns cost $1.75, and the last time I was at Jo Anne Fabrics, I saw a price tag of $16.95. Things may have changed a bit....but the ability to sew comes in awfully handy, and I'm so glad to be getting a second chance at passing down my knowledge. Anybody around here want some sewing lessons? I might just decide to teach some other people once my daughter flies off for new adventures!