As I was driving by, I rolled down the window, "Hey, do you need a jump?" "Did you lock your keys in the car?" "Flat tire?" (All of which have happened to me during the Hallstrom experience at least once..)
Instead he just looked up and said, "I have no idea what to do next. My brain is so confused."
"But your car is OK?" I asked.
"Yeah. The car is fine, but I can't even think."
"Oh.. Hallstrom brain. You'll get used to it. It's our ninth year here.."
"So, you know exactly what this is like, then."
"Yeah. Try some coffee. It helps." And I drove off.
Poor guy. I wasn't sure if I should go through the descent checklist with him or just let him figure it out on his own.
One would think it should be fairly straight-forward--going to a place where all of these other homeschooling families are for the day. Kind of fun--upbeat.. right? Except constant stimulation for 8 hours (and with women! and teenagers!) in a confined place?! And it kills even the most gregarious extroverts among us. (And that's not including the moms with nursing babies and poopy toddlers!)
If there were a program designed to single-handedly suck the life out of as many people as possible, simultaneously in the shortest amount of time, an all day homeschool co-op would be it. And yet, we love it, don't we? Don't we, Pastor Spooner? (who is now konked out on the couch, unable to even utter mono-syllables to his poor wife, who is probably all cheerful)
"How was your day, honey?"
Spooner: "Uh... are you talking to me?"
Spooner's wife: "Was it so fun being there with all the kids and families?"
Spooner: "yup. fun. What were we talking about again?"
Spooner's wife: "You know, Hallstrom.. where you were so excited to be the chaplain??"
Spooner: (puts pillow over his head and hides) "AAaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh"
Well this is purely made up, of course. But this is just what our husbands are doing with us on Tuesday nights.
Hallstrom husband: "What's for dinner, honey?"
Hallstrom wife: "What? You have GOT to be kidding."
Husband: "Oh, yeah. I forget. Hallstrom."
Hallstrom wife: "I'm taking a bath. See you in the morning."
Husband: "Pizza anyone?"
So, really. What is that is holding back the rest of you from homeschooling anyway? !!!