We had a marvelous time at the party.
We ended up taking the baby after worrying that we would drive the 45 minutes to get there only to be summoned right back home because Only Mommy Will Do.
I dressed her in her maroon velvet birthday dress and she looked adorable. True to form, though, she wouldn't let anyone hold her but Mommy. She's doing a lot of that lately, but I know one day it will be tricky to get her to slow down for a hug, so I don't mind so much.
I went with the trouser jeans and the shimmery shirt. According to
my interviewer one lady I LOOKED! GREAT! For having seven children...
I think that was meant as a compliment. I'm not sure what ladies who have seven children are supposed to look like, but apparently the standards are quite low. Since I have all my teeth and no hairy moles on my face, I think I scored BIG! (crossing fingers)
As we sat down at a table for ten, this certain lady, who I had never met before that very night, made it her mission to investigate not only my appearance, but, my teaching credentials, and my motives.
She locked onto me like a heat seeking missile, and no attempt at changing the conversation would deter her!
"SEVEN! CHILDREN!" She fairly shrieked! "Honey! Are you simply exhausted 24 hours a day, every day?"
"No... I feel fine. Do I look exhausted to you?" I replied.
That's when she told me that I
passed inspection looked great for having so many children.
Next, she wondered aloud, "WHY do you homeschool them? Is it something you WANT to do?"
This time my answer was a single, cool, "Yes." I admit I was beginning to get very irritated with her nerve. She seemed to be bent on freeing either me or my children from the nightmare she felt we were living.
"Do you have a teaching certificate?" She wanted to know.
I hate that question! It's not the first time it has been asked of me, either.
"Yes, In fact I do, but anyone can homeschool in this state. There are no requirements for teaching one's own children."
My husband was beside me the whole time, and later, as we discussed it, he said he didn't see her as being as rude, maybe just trying to keep conversation flowing.
I know we are quite different from the average family, and I honestly don't mind people who are intrigued by the life we have chosen and are genuinely *curious about what a day is like for us.
There was something about this lady's tone, though, and her single minded focus, that made me feel like she was intent on making sure we passed her inspection and were suitable to be doing this... wacky... homeschooling... thing with SO MANY CHILDREN!
But other than the inquisition, we had a ball!
*If you would like to know how we do it, or why we do it, stick around. I'm working on a post to answer those questions. If you have any specific questions you'd like to ask, go ahead and leave it in the comments, and I'll try to work those in, too.