This post is part of the iHomeschool Network’s 10 in 10 link up. Today’s topic is a fun one that allows me to get a little personal: top 10 questions.
1. Is your name really Jimmie?
This question is also asked in the form of, “What’s your real name?” Ouch. That sort of hurts. Is it that hard to believe that a girl can be named Jimmie?
Jimmie really and truly is my name.
It gets worse when people refuse to believe me and probe with, “No, your real name. Your legal name. The one on your driver’s license.”
Actually, like I said, Jimmie is my real, legal, on my passport, driver’s license and birth certificate name. Honestly.
2. Did your parents want a boy?
Double ouch. No, as far as my mother relays the story, they did not have a particular desire for one gender over the other. I am the oldest. I was named after my dad, James (called Jim).
I like to follow up this question with a barb: my brother is named after my mom.
That makes them think for a moment, and then I tell them my mom’s name is Patricia. My brother’s name is Patrick.
3. Did you name your child Jim or Jimmie?
No, in fact, we avoided the letter J altogether. My husband comes from a family of J’s; his mom and dad and all four boys start with a J. Needless to say, we feel the letter J has been fully represented. It was time to move on to new letters of the alphabet.
4. Is your daughter’s name really Sprite?
Okay, I guess if my name is Jimmie (and you think that is totally bizarre), you may believe that I would name my child something that means fairy.
Some people have actually believed that I was an avid Sprite drinker and named her after the soft drink. Uh, no. I don’t drink soft drinks and would not name my child after a beverage anyway. If I did, she would be called caramel macchiato or Starbucks or Keurig.
No, her real (legal, on her passport and birth certificate) name is Emma. For security reasons, I wanted her to have an online pseudonym, but I think we’re past that stage. So this is my official announcement.
Sprite is hereafter Emma!
Wow. Four questions just about names. On to other topics.
5. What curriculum do you use?
Oh, this used to be easy to answer when I bought boxed curriculum. But as the years go on, I have become more and more eclectic with my selections.
I use all sorts of things, much of which is not a “curriculum” at all but living books and plenty of writing practice. I tend to make things up as I go, especially in the area of language arts which is my specialty. For math we love Teaching Textbooks. But nothing else is easy to label.
6. Weren’t you in China?
Yes, we spent 8.5 years in China. And now we are back in USA. Believe it or not, a whole year and a half has passed since we left China, and we still find ourselves in the adjustment phase.
We had to leave suddenly and unexpectedly. There was a lot of trauma involved, and it’s not something I can discuss on a public forum like a blog. But if you go to BEECH Retreat next year, sit me down for a cup of coffee and I’ll share it with you in person. (But bring tissues; I may cry.)
7. How are you everywhere online?
Well, I’m not literally everywhere, but I have made my presence known in the homeschool circle. I did that through many years of slowly building content at various platforms such as Squidoo and Hubpages, contributing to HOTM, guest posting, and of course writing on my own blogs. My online empire began over five years ago. It is a steady investment over time.
8. Can you speak to my homeschool group?
Yes, I would love to. Now that I am in America, I am available to share with your local group or speak at a homeschool convention. I recently spoke about notebooking to homeschool moms in West Palm Beach at Homeschool Connections Conference. Shoot me an email.
9. Are you finally on Facebook?
10. Are you going to homeschool “all the way through?”
This, of course, means will I homeschool for high school. And I am not offended by this question at all. Many parents feel a sense of confidence about early grades but feel utterly lost for upper grades. I understand where they are coming from.
But I also believe in the process. Homeschooling has worked so far. It will continue to work. And honestly, my child is ruined for any other type of education. I don’t see any way she could ever manage in a public or even private school setting. It would crush her creativity, exhaust her physically, and damage her spiritually.
My plans are always in God’s hands to change as He wills, but for now, yes, we are going to homeschool “all the way through.”
This post is linked up at Angie’s Top Ten Tuesday.
If you want to join in, post a top ten post of any topic and link up there.