This is us:
Ingi - that's me! A 40-something Aussie mum of two. I am just muddling my way through this life; parenting, working, living. Sometimes I even try to look after myself by eating well and running.
Video Boy - that's my son. He's 16 going on 46. And "old soul" in a young man's body. Although he's extremely bright, he also struggles with a lot of things you and I take for granted. He's currently in full teen mode, but still gives me a hug, so there's that.
Wombat Girl - that's my daughter. She's 15, and growing up before my eyes. She's extremely bright as well, but sometimes her brain works too quick for the rest of us and sometimes too much. I give her hugs frequently because that helps.
Hubby - he's my husband (just in case you were wondering). He's a pretty private person, but sometimes I can't help but mention him or he photobombs us.
Max - that's his real name. I can use his real name because he's a labradoodle. His speech is a bit delayed and he can't catch, but he makes up for those deficits by giving lots of licks and a great tail wag.
You may be wondering why I've called my blog "Defying Gravity". It's true - I confess! I am a Wicked fan! I have been lucky enough to win tickets in the Wicked lottery twice and watched the show from the front row for a fraction of the price.
Before we were homeschooling, back when we were travelling an hour each way to go to school, the kids and I often listened to the Wicked soundtrack in the car. Even Video Boy enjoyed the play on words and the storyline. Wombat Girl LOVED it and I was so happy to take her to see the show too, in July 2010. Around this time, we started questioning what we were going to about schooling. We started to seriously considering homeschooling. The lyrics of the showstopper "Defying Gravity" absolutely resonated with me. Here was this gifted, different and misunderstood character deciding to take another path:
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!
[ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/defying-gravity-lyrics-wicked.html ]
We may not be homeschooling (at the moment), but we are still trying to trust our instincts and do the best we can.
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