I am very much alive and still a functioning human being.
I have not been blogging, preferring to use commenting on other people's blogs as a method of expressing myself.
However, I did recently submit and article for Homeschoolers Anonymous for one of their series.
I have joined their cause whole-heartedly, having been homechooled through high school in many states and a different country. They are the voice of awareness and reason. For FAR too many years only the positives (which have not all been true) have been allowed to be expressed about homeschooling. The fear of being taken away by CPS and the idea that homeschooling was not a viable educational alternative made people circle the wagons and aim all guns outward.
However, this isolation and "us vs. them" ideology that was drilled into many homeschooled children (now adults) sometimes did more harm than good. Even if it was only a small amount of harm and a large amount of good, there was harm done. In pursuit of "do no evil," homeschooled adults are now speaking up about their experiences in hopes that people will listen and think before making any of the mistakes that happened to them. If pain, suffering, educational neglect, and abuse can be prevented: we wish with all our heart to prevent it.
H.A. is not all negativity and readers are welcome to share positives in their upcoming series "A Week of Joy."
I will attempt to contribute, although writing out my thoughts has been more of a toll than I expected. I am spending more time playing free Cell than writing. It is like a mind trip to find positives and then not immediately jump into the "but anyway" that is dismissive and excuses all the pain and hurt. (learned that from therapy! Sharing a hurt and changing topics with "...but ANYWAY...." you are dismissing what you said previously and negating it. Fun fact)
AKA, even though there was bad, mentioning positives does not dismiss the good and does not outweigh the good making the bad inadmissible.
But there was a lot good. And I know that this good is what made me the good person that I am and cause my former co-workers to tell my mother repeatedly "You raised a wonderful girl" when I brought her around to work last year.