I had a conversation with a gentleman the other day, a former police officer. He told me off-duty officers spot one another a mile away. Kidding, I asked, was there some sort of password or a secret handshake? He laughed, adding it takes just seconds in conversation to recognize another cop — due to what they say and how they say it.
Now, I know nothing about cops. But I know homeschooling. And I can tell you, without a doubt, the same is true with homeschool moms. We sense each other miles away — sniff each other out, so to speak. Should we catch a glimpse of one another, the confirmation occurs in microseconds…and we’re 99.9% right about it, too.
What is it about us?
I have asked myself over and over.
Clearly, we’re all different.
Yet somehow, we’re also the same.
Is it style of dress or vehicle driven? Is it number of children in tow? Is it what’s in the shopping cart or where the family seems to be heading?
Truly, I don’t exactly know.
But I have a theory.
What I think, is that we share a purpose, a mission, and clearly defined goal. Our common goal is to raise our children well, educate them well, and launch them successfully in the world, as exactly who they want to be, armed with great confidence and intention.
How that shows is beyond me.
Is it the way we walk, the way we speak to our children, or the way our children look back at us in reply? Is it the way our kids interact with each other, the sense of belonging and support we all feel when together? Or maybe we just have a vibe, a frequency, an aura around us, one that we cannot see but can somehow feel?
I have written an e-book about the ten characteristics of successful homeschool families. Yet, I still cannot put my finger on exactly how we recognize one another with such ease and familiarity.
What do you think of this phenomenon? Do you know what it is?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment.