One Foot, Two Foot

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Ray and I left Kansas City yesterday afternoon and headed east to spend the night with John, Audra, and Henry before we all go north this morning on our way to the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators convention in Duluth. There is not much Ray and I like better than traveling with our kids and grandkids; we are excited about the ten-hour trip.

Because I have such a hard time finding shoes, Ray and I went shopping at what is claimed to be the “Midwest’s largest shoe store” before we left Kansas City. I hoped that since they advertised over 100,000 shoes in stock, I could find some that met my three criteria: they fit, I like them, and I can stand in them for hours at a homeschool convention. Eureka! I found some! The sign painted on the outside of the building was right.

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I don’t know how people think that a one-size-fits-all education system can work with every child when I have such a hard time finding one pair of shoes to fit just two feet attached to just one person. Typically one size is just right for my left foot and the other is too tight for my right. If I go up a half-size, they are both too big.

Ray and I still feel bad that we made our precious Bethany suffer for a whole year in a math book that didn’t fit just because we thought it was the best and it had worked well with John. The next year we switched to another author and she enjoyed her math.

So, I hope I’m not putting my foot in my mouth here, but let me encourage you to be bold when something just doesn’t seem to fit your child. Don’t get cold feet. Don’t drag your feet either. Go ahead and try something new–get your feet wet!

Watch the path of your feet
And all your ways will be established.
Do not turn to the right nor to the left;
Turn your foot from evil.
Proverbs 4:26-27

 

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