This is addressed to the person on Twitter who made a snide comment about my liberal politics. She suggested that as a homeschooler, I owed my freedom to homeschool to conservative policies and lawmakers.
Twitter is a bad place to have a conversation about something like this. And I don’t have the time to hang around on Twitter.
But I want to put it out there for my friends and followers. Here it is.
Politics isn’t one-size-fits-all.
I’m a Christian homeschooling mom of four kids. I hung up my dry-clean-only dress suit back in 1995 when I realized that a career meant handing my baby over to a nanny who barely spoke English (this was overseas–fluent English-speaking nannies weren’t an option, but I digress) and charging back into the workplace, breast pump in hand. When I met the nanny who was going to raise my child, it took me about thirty seconds to decide that this wasn’t going to happen. But there are consequences to making a decision like that.
We live on a ramshackle farm that’s been in the family for six generations. Yes, six. We let our kids draw all over the walls, because really, how could we have told them that a scribble on the wall was a big deal when we could remember when there weren’t any walls? (Wow, that’s a bad English sentence, but I digress again.) The most notable thing about our home when we moved into it was that it was free, so long as we put up with the eccentric great-aunt who lived in a corner of it. But hey, free is free. And it meant I could stay at home. But it also meant that homeschooling was an option. Over time, it became a privilege, and I realized that being able to teach my own children to figure out the world using their own minds was an incredible gift that I had been given quite by accident.
As a Christian homeschooling mom of ALL THOSE KIDS, you’d think I would be a Republican. Or a Trump supporter. I’m neither. You’d think I would approve of vouchers. I don’t. You’d think I was against Roe v. Wade. I’m not. You’d think I disapproved of letting transgender students choose their bathroom. I don’t.
You see, lady on Twitter, I am not a faceless statistic. But neither are Trump’s supporters, and you do them a disservice by suggesting that any voter fits into a mold. We are individuals, not issues. We are products of our experiences. My primary experience on this planet has been as the mother and teacher of my kids. That means I have a lot in common with people who didn’t vote the same way as me in the last election. So I approach these turbulent times in a spirit of common cause. We all want good things for our kids. I’m doing my best. And I’m sure that all of you out there in cyberland are doing your best, too. I would love to get to know you, if you are out there and reading. What are you hoping for in 2017? Why did you feel that Trump would give your children a better country, a better life? Reach out to me. Let’s talk. Let’s skip the nasties on Twitter and have a conversation. You can reach out to me on Facebook, Twitter, or by email.