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“No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.”   ~   Winston Churchill

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

When we began homeschooling in the early 1980’s, we knew of one other family who homeschooled and 8 months after we began, they moved 1500 miles away! Not many people in our community had heard of the idea of homeschooling and I was often asked many questions. Is it legal to homeschool? How will your children be socialized? Does the government pay you to do this? We soon realized that we had chosen a path that was not very well-worn and that it was lined with naysayers who wished to frequently remind us of it!

Along with the choice came the very real concerns that any responsible woman would have. Can we raise a family on only one income? Will we be able to retire with only one pension? Will my housework ever get finished? Can I teach my children to read? How will I take care of a baby and teach math at the same time? Will my children be able to get into college? Will they be able to get jobs? We had chosen to educate our children in a most unconventional way.

Winston Churchill was unconventional. Little unnerved him. He placed in front of himself goals that most people could never hope to accomplish. His imagination drove his policies and more often than not he pursued unpopular choices. Resistance from those under his charge was a daily occurrence because he was in the business of training future leaders rather than filling heads with instructions. He began by winning the hearts and minds of those under his authority and then, after demonstrating his genuine concern for them, gently led them to accomplishing his goals. It has been said of his opponents that, in the end, “those who came to curse, remained to cheer.”

Today, remember that you, like Winston Churchill, have chosen the road less traveled and trust that, in the end, it will make all the difference to you and to your children. Rejoice in that choice!

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7 Comments»

  Koinonia Community wrote @

I once had the time when I would question our family’s choice to homeschool. I received inspiration from reading about the life of Pierre Curie. Consider his and his wife, Marie’s accomplishments. Would he have had an opportunity to delve so deeply into the area of his passions and gifts if he had received conventional education? I don’t think so.

I want to follow that path less traveled!

  RichardD wrote @

I love Robert Frost. And that’s one of my favorites. Thanks.

  Michelle wrote @

Thank you so much for this encouragement. I really needed it right now. My husband is gone to military school, and I am taking care of 4 kids ages 6 and under. I have been playing around with homeschooling to get the feel of it, but I feel so overwhelmed! It seems like I cannot get it all done, and I wonder how on earth I will be able to if/when my husband is deployed. I have to remember why we chose this path and that the Lord will give me the strength to pursue it.

  Lin wrote @

I love Churchill and have read everything on him I can find. Boy, was he the lone voice who everyone made fun of and thought nuts for many years. He is the Abe Lincoln of his time…

  thatmom wrote @

Michelle, my husband was in the army when we had our first three little ones and I remember being in Germany and the only one responsible for 3 children 3 and under. It was overwhelming some days. But ou are correct that God does supply all our need according to HIS riches! Just take it one day at a time…there are good days and bad days. I can honestly say that from this vantage point of the journey, time does go way too fast and the fruits of your efforts, once you see them, are delicious and well-worth the effort!

I hope you will be encouraged here and find some kindred spirits. I am so happy to meet you.

  thatmom wrote @

Lin, I love Churchill, too, and have been so blessed as I have read about his life.

He grew up in a home with parents who were fairly indifferent to him but he had a Christian nanny whose picture still was on his nightstand when he died. She had led him to Christ and her testimony encouraged him through some dark times.

I received a CD collection of great speeches as a gift a few years ago and one of my favorites is Churchill’s battle of Britain speech. I like to listen to it when I need that sort of inspiration….:)

  thatmom wrote @

Hey, Richard, did you see that I added your blog to my sidebar. Hope you don’t mind being the thorn among the roses, er, rose among the thorns, or whatever. If it is any consolation, my church is on the list, too, and we only have guy pastors so there is some other testosterone for ya.


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