The flu seems to be spreading like wildfire this season wherever a group of people congregate.
I went into complete survival mode when it hit.
Not one moment while symptoms were present I was able to do more than merely survive. Even when it was only my infant with the flu , I couldn’t do anything except the bare minimum.
We were officially just surviving.
The dishes got let go, the meals that got prepped were the bare basics, and we won’t even get started on the laundry. How in the world did any of this teach me anything about homeschooling? It seems like I am just stating the obvious. Anyone who has battled with the flu knows that you just do whatever you can to make it through, and there is on room for extras.
When the school aged children were well and the baby was sick I learned the most. Of course, if my school aged children got sick and they couldn’t go to school, they would get excused absences and be sent on their way.
Their infant brother going to the emergency room at 6am would not be excused.
My husband is in the military, so his work takes priority over many, many things that most take for granted. At 6am when my 9 month old woke up with a 103* fever, and I needed my aunt to come sit with my other children, my children going to school was the last thing on my mind.
My aunt doesn’t have car seats needed to deal with a school drop off situation. Thankfully the didn’t have to worry about it. In fact, since my infant woke up screaming, he woke the entire house up. The whole house was wide awake and functional as I left for the ER. Upon returning home schooling didn’t even cross my mind, but I was greeted with a quiet household and a sense of calm.
My aunt had the kids complete their full day of course work all while we were at the emergency room.
The kids were then sent to their rooms to use their imaginations and read. This allowed their littlest brother got the rest he needed to fight the virus they remembered all to well from a couple weeks prior.
When my infants symptoms started to clear up, it was then I realized something profound. Something I already knew, but often took advantage of.
We are able to live our life without worrying about doctors notes, excused and unexcused absences. Our family doesn’t have to plan around school drop off times and pick up times. My kids get to visit distant family members when my husband has leave time. When family comes here to visit we can focus on spending quality time with them.
I knew all of this before the flu, but influenza really opened my eyes.
The flexibility that homeschooling has given our family is profound. This last month would have surely landed my kids absences galore, makeup work, and endless tardies. Thankfully, my son who never got sick was able to still do his work. My two daughters didn’t have a stack of makeup work after being sick, they just picked up where they left off. This is something only homeschooling can provide us.
Thank you for the lesson influenza. We don’t want to see you next year!