What are the typical questions new acquaintances ask your children? “What’s your name? How old are you? What do you want to be when you grow up?” were the typical ones when our children were growing up. Have they changed very much?
As I shared with you many months ago, when I was a little girl, we used to play a silly game to “find out” what occupation our future husband would have. As we touched each button on each item of clothing we were wearing, we repeated, “Rich man. Poor man. Beggar man. Thief. Doctor. Lawyer. Merchant. Chief.”
Daddy had a first cousin who was a doctor. His uncle was a lawyer. Daddy and his daddy were merchants. I didn’t know any chiefs.
Our children were PK’s (preacher’s kids) when we began homeschooling in 1990. When John and Bethany graduated from high school at home, they were still PK’s. Because we started Notgrass Company in 1999, Mary Evelyn finished up homeschooling as the daughter of a small (emphasis on the word small) business owner. Among the other homeschooling dads at our church, one was a physician, one worked in IT, one was an engineer, and one was a family minister.
Notgrass Company recently asked homeschooling mamas to tell us the occupations of their husbands — just for fun. I already knew that there was no typical homeschooling dad. Now I’m sure of it! Let me share some of those occupations with you.
Director of Operations for a Hunger Relief Agency
Grounds Crew Leader for an Ivy League College
Pediatric Critical Care Nurse
Professor of Nursing
Public School Principal
Taxi Driver for the Amish
Several dads owned small businesses. One is a family business that moves houses. They move them with the contents still inside!
All interesting occupations for homeschool daddies, I thought, but the one that most touched my heart was the daddy who is the home health provider for his twenty-five-year-old daughter.
But we urge you, brethren, to . . .
make it your ambition to lead a quiet life
and attend to your own business
and work with your hands,
just as we commanded you,
so that you will behave properly toward outsiders
and not be in any need.
1 Thessalonians 4:10-12
Thank you for all you do to support your husbands in their work.