It's not surprising that Sally Thomas is a poetess. Her essay - about homeschooling her four young children - has a lyrical quality to it.
Sally's homeschool is an intensely Catholic one. But she does share her fresh opinion on an old canard:
"The night before, we had gone to dinner with old friends, and in the course of the evening the conversation turned to our homeschooling. Our hosts didn't want to argue with the decision my husband and I had made to homeschool; in truth, people do that a lot less often than we had steeled ourselves to expect early on.
I suppose they didn't ask how we expected our children to be 'socialized' because there the children were, in front of everyone, doing their best impersonations of socialized people. The nine-year-old talked to the grownups about Star Wars, the four-year-old helped to carry dishes to the table, the three-year-old played nicely on the floor with our friends' baby granddaughter. The twelve-year-old, away at a ballet rehearsal, proclaimed her socialization by her absence."