These past few days of homeschooling have brought out some things I am so sad to know.
In Turkey of course there is NO concept of Homeschool at all. Especially in our small town.
The first month of us returning from the States and not enrolling our oldest daughter was a whirlwind of gossip in our community. I really felt protected from it and have tried hard to keep a positive attitude and spin on it all for the sake of my daughter. We have several friends who have accepted us in this they just don't understand.
We are still very active in our neighbourhood and Autty still gets to see several of her friends from her old school. However she shared with me that she doesn't like going outside a lot these days because she feels weird and that people talk about her.
Also a few of Autty's closest friends from her school last year have said lots of cutting words
to her about not being in school.
Today I learned in more depth that all these things are NOT rolling off her back but striking her heart in a painful way.
In our town there is no other homeschooler. She is it.
How do I comfort her and help encourage her?
She feels very alone and I feel unsure how to help her right now.
(Autty has picked up on Art journaling and loves it. This is the front cover she made.
The pages are full of her own designs and trials and errors.
I adore watching her in this process of finding her our niche )
She is so precious, so confident, so brave and unique. She is also such a people person and yet right now she just wants to hide from others.
~I know that sometimes just spilling it all out and being able to cry and be heard can be part of the healing and beginning to moving forward. I am so grateful my daughter shares her heart with me.
Thank you sweet Autty, I am honoured to know your inner thoughts.
I can not rescue her from this struggle. We are walking through this together.
Right now I am praying and trusting.
I feel sad.
In our west corner... trusting and walking.