Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Family Eccentricities

If you or your family has ever read the wonderful book The Little Boy Down the Road, by Doug Philips, then you are certainly aware of the chapter in which he speaks of the "Homeschool Opera".
He talks about how each family has their own eccentricities. For his family, it is singing while doing chores. For our family it is laughing. And when we laugh, we laugh hard. We laugh while watching Andy Griffith, I laugh when my arrogant roosters Burdock and Hickory come running after Josh, we laugh in restaurants, we laugh while doing school, we laugh in Wal-Mart, we laugh at each other, we laugh at ourselves, and we laugh at the supper table. Oh boy can we get loud there. If someone were to look in at us during supper, they might think we were drinking something besides water! Well, maybe not, but anyway. They would see a family simply enjoying each other. Laughing, smiling, and just having a good time together. Now sometimes, it is a little quieter on the nights we are tired, but most often not. I love suppertime!

Now for restaurants, this can be dangerous. One time we were in Chick-Fil-A, and I thought we were going to have to walk out. You know that kind of laugh that hurts-and your eyes start watering--well--yeah. I love it! I wouldn't have it any other way. Sometimes we laugh at simple things that some folks would just roll their eyes at. They must look at us and think "What on earth is so funny? C'mon, it wasn't that funny." Sometimes we laugh when we shouldn't, but, ya know, there are just too many people in the world today that lack joy, and that just plumb riles me.

So, I have told our family's main eccentricity, quirk, strangeness, crazy homeschool family weirdness, or whatever you choose to call it. Tell me yours. What is your family's eccentricity? I'd like to know.

Oh--remember--don't hold it in. Just laugh!


Anonymous said...

we laugh with our friends

Bria said...

Wonderful post! I will have to read that book! Me and my siblings sing while doing chores too!

Jess said...

Thanks Bria!
It is a very good book, although we have not finished it yet. You see, we sing as well, but I can't figure out which one we use the most volume with--singin or laughin. :)