So here I am between home-schoolers and public schoolers...I have been a home-schooler for 11 years but my kids are now in public schools. I feel like I don't belong in a way. I have a home-schooler's heart and love the lifestyle but became tired of the teaching and really tired having no one to share the awesome responsibility of educating my four children.
So when I am with home-schoolers, I feel a bit left out, a bit overlooked. "You are not one of us anymore" - although no one says that, that is what I feel. I also feel compelled to defend my rights to place my children in school and tell people how well they are doing.
On the other hand, when I am with public school parents, they don't "get" me. They always want to know first why I quit home-schooling, and then why I started home-schooling in the first place. I truly don't mind talking through all of this with them and love to explain myself, but we just don't "fit". At least not yet. I am moving on, though and trying to get over my "past". I say that as if I have some kind of skeletons in my closet. My skelelton is that I home-educated my children!! Ok, so that makes me not your "run of the mill" person, but those who know me knew that already.
To my really great friends - those who accept me for who I am, they know my past and present, and will be with me in my future as well. To those friends, I salute you!!! You know who you are.