Sunday night, the children and I sat down to watch a movie on Hulu since we have no television (and no real interest in football, anyway.) On the lineup? Princess, because I’ve had about all the Flipper and Fudge I can take. The plot doesn’t really matter. Suffice it to say, she doesn’t get out much, having spent almost her entire life in this castle. And it doesn’t take long for the writers to invoke our culture’s one great symbol of isolation:
Rumor has it, she was homeschooled.
Being a princess, you sort of automatically think of governesses and tutors, for what sort of princess is properly homeschooled? But nothing says locked-away-in-a-tower quite like homeschooled, so homeschooled she was. And seriously, how else would lines like “I don’t socialize much,” and “Can you tell I’m not used to this?” (referring to, uh, having a conversation) make any sense?
Now we homeschool. Locked away in the west tower, looking out over the kingdom and unable to have any part in it. I asked my children what they thought about the comment, but the negative undertone passed by them unnoticed.
Of course she was homeschooled, mom. She doesn’t have time for school with all those mythological monsters to take care of.
So I don’t have to worry about what subliminal messages they are being fed, just yet. It all makes sense within the context of their own experience and beliefs about what homeschooling is and is not.
But the stereotypes are heavy on my mind as I look around at nearby churches. It is a long drive in to Lincoln for worship, long enough to negate any real participation in the church community there. When our commitments are through, I hope to move to a local church where we can be part of an active community.
I’d never really thought about it before. I know people who have had difficulty in their home churches due to homeschooling, but Lincoln is big enough that it just isn’t that hard to move to another church. The pickings are slim, out here, and somehow, we’re going to just have to make things work if we want to worship in our own community.
I like the idea of that, but I guess we shall see how it plays out once we begin actually visiting churches.