five minute friday_RED

Red always blurs into Pink

Red always blurs into Pink


After two months off of doing regular posts it feels good and right to be jumping back into the blogging foray with a 5 minute Friday link up.

It has been quite the Summer and Fall is going to be series of challenges and new experiences. I really want to keep up with this space however. I love doing it, as it always becomes an extra blessing to the best day of the week: Friday.

Here I go_ word prompt_RED:


I have never been a real red person.

Too garish, too bright.

But I love pink.

Strip down red,

set it out in the sun for a week, for a month,

and you get pink.

Took a big leap recently.

The leap of homeschooling the oldest girls.

The why? of this decision is not as important as the how?

How to teach?

The question stalked me all Summer.

I am going to teach PINK.

The in your face flash-RED- of look at Me, I am jumping through all those hoops that professionals dexterously race through,

the aggressive RED-art of doing, doing, accomplishing, accomplishing for the sake of having a high tidy pile labeled:

Stuff I did

Is actually my natural inclination.

After all, crossing off those mandated and self-imposed to-do list  in RED makes me feel good.

It seems to shut up the insecure taunts in my mind with a slap, and insecurity lays down in far dark corner in my mind for a bit.

And yet.

“the gentle art of learning”

beckons me.

It beckons me because it reminds me a lot of why I have stayed home these last eleven and a half years.

It reminds me that because we were made by God, in His image, for His good pleasure, redeemed by His Son,

my children are not a task to accomplish, a burden to shift about and pigeon hole in the hands of professionals who “are good at what they do”

not, as my newly acquainted& post-houmous British Victorian mentor, Charlotte Mason stated:

“a clog in a machine”

but a whole person, who deserve to be enlightened and educated naturally.

Who deserve close, tender hands to coax&coddle, prune&pursue  and if need be, weed out.

Their amazing minds are awakening, like perpetual Spring, taking in this world, and flourishing,  for their betterment, and to make them more sympathetic to the human condition.

For me the current local public school model was flashy RED with no real substance. It was flashing warning sign RED too.

I read up on un-schooling philosophy and that seems too WHITE; I could not  make peace with the empty spaces.

The Classical approach of homeschooling was too Black- heavy loaded- I felt the odds would be very much in our favor that both my eldest daughter {another over-achiever} and myself would develop an ulcer by March.

My gift of finding the perfect shade of teaching came in the form of a slim bound book called:

For the Children’s Sake.

Written by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay in 1984.

It was this book that brought back into practice the all but forgotten ideas and revolutionary methods of teaching of Charlotte Mason.

It has become my Pink teaching method, that you can read about here!

A week in, I have experienced sudden and intense bouts of guilt and insecurity about not going over-achiever RED.

I know that on the long, cold, dark, days of Winter, I will be tempted to go blank WHITE.

PINK; red’s more gentle sister, is where we will try to hover.


RED: it bleeds into Pink






3 thoughts on “five minute friday_RED

  1. Love your pictures – absolutely beautiful – hydrangeas are my favorite, juxtaposed with the lemon – really like and the red rose with the pink in the back. Wondering if you took that this morning? Wishing you the best with your homeschooling – in another life, I would try that with my children, and I think you are right – that it will be about finding that balance!


  2. I love your analogy of teaching pink. And I’m really excited for you. I think you’ll be a great teacher to your girls, because you seem to love to learn and to observe the world. Two great qualities of a teacher, plus the love of Christ. But I hear you with maintaining that balance. Not slacking in the winter months. I find myself challenged with that already. I’m not sure if it’d be easier to send my kids to school. But this is the path I believe we’re supposed to walk right now, and I’m ready to persevere. Beautiful write, Leah.


  3. Loved the comment about the Classical approach giving you all ulcers by March. Ha ha – very true. Don’t worry about not doing schooling right; children are natural learners and will absorb everything they read like sponges. Just have fun with it!


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