This year, man. Covid, racism, natural disasters, political upheaval- and I’m topping off the chaos with surgery on the 9th followed by moving on the 18th, while I go to school full time and homeschool my own crew? There are very few words to describe life right now, and when I’m dry on words, I like to take a look back at some of the historic figures I admire to draw on their strength.
This week, it has been a rough riding, war fighting, amazon exploring, President Theodore Roosevelt. I was reading some of his notable quotes, and I decided to lay them out as a dose of monthly inspiration for our homeschool year- hopefully, I’ll commit them to memory as we go!
September, resuming schooling always feels a bit like falling down the stairs. You start out excited at the top, and before you know it, you're bruised at the bottom.
But, Teddy says, “It’s hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
October, rhythm is building and progress is happening, but not without error.
Teddy says: “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.”
November, the season to celebrate thankfulness, family, and heritage. Teddy reminds us, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
December, game over? Candy, Christmas, Fun. Who really get's much done in December? Teddy's advice: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
January feels like jetlag when the Christmas season lays behind you, but you have to claw your way back into reality. Teddy's word: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
February, back to the rhythm, the depth, and the love of educating. Teddy reminds us, “To educate a person in the mind but no in morals is to educate a menace to society.”
March, a little life advice from Mr. Roosevelt, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
April: “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”
May: “When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.”
June: “When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.”
July: “I am an American: free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.”
August: “Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children.”
Which one's your favorite??
is a writer & tired homeschooling mom of five.