A quiet growing time is a phrase usually associated with Charlotte Mason's description of the life of a young child. But I found that it beautifully detailed my time last week on our rare vacation. We spent a glorious week at the beach and during that time, I indulged myself in time to grow.
During our week, I spent time by the sea soaking up the sun. (I was desperate, DESPERATE for the sun since we've had four winter storms in three weeks.) In between long walks and games of paddle ball, I read my version of a "chick flick" title, Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson. I had started it months ago and just never clicked with it. I enjoyed it, though, as a leisurely read. This is the first in a series.
I have always picked up a word search puzzle book before every beach trip. They are easy to do on the beach, especially in the midst of constant interruptions by boys. I noted that I searched out any puzzle dealing with books, one on fairy tales, one on Rudyard Kipling, and the third, a list of "banned books", many of which are on my shelves!
I tucked in Anthony Esolen's relatively new title, Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child. I was challenged by his other book and this one will be no exception. The Washington Times says, "Esolen's skewering of contemporary culture with all of its political correctness and shallow moral gestures is devastating."
Always make time for book shopping on any trip! We chose a cooler day to scour the thrift shops, finding many treasures including a lovely dustjacketd copy of Wind in the Willows illustrated by Tasha Tudor for $3! Three large bags of books are awaiting my attention to be processed and added to my shelves for children to enjoy including Richard Halliburton, Marchette Chute, C.S. Forester, James Herriot, Winston Churchill, F. N. Monjo and many others.
One title I found for a dollar was a volume I remember seeing featured in a CIRCE podcast. How Dante Can Save Your Life by Rod Dreher is something I would probably not have picked up on my own but I was thankful I recognized it. I hid myself away with my knitting to listen to the podcast. Now I'm wanting to tackle The Divine Comedy.
All this quiet growing made me realize how I've let day to day cares deprive me of my own humanity. Busyness interferes with my own personal schole'. Oh sure, I get lots of growth in learning with my children. We read great books, have great conversations and share many adventures. But rarely anymore do I engage in something just for myself. I had the desire while away to attempt to meet with a few moms in a Mother Culture group of sorts. I'm not sure what it would look like but it would be a way to hold one another accountable. I'll have to think about that...
How have you grown lately? Please share.