So, what does this have to do with school?
Well, for starters, if we hadn't been homeschooling, I would have pulled the girls from school to help and that would have created a massive amount of "catch-up" work. Instead, they just took "school" with them for the past two weeks. They worked long and hard by themselves at home the last few days of October. They brought their work with them when we visited Gram in the hospital. Then, they Gramsat when I took Papa to the emergency room in the middle of the night. The next day, they walked home and got work to do and brought work back to Gram's house. They have kept up with their commitment to write a novel of 50,000 words in the month of November despite all of these other responsibilities. They cleaned the entire house, did the laundry, responded to emails for me when I wasn't around, and they cooked a lot! More important than the school work they did during the past two weeks are the life leasons about caring for others, being responsible human beings, and sharing what you can when you can.
I know some would not relate these things to homeschooling, but I am thankful that during these past two weeks I have been able to rely on these self-sufficient kids to help in a variety of ways. That is, at least in part, because we homeschool.