Books, Money, Hackschooling




We’ve been coming across these Little Free Library boxes on so many of our walks.  This one is a few blocks west of us, and is one of my favorites.  I love how it’s painted and it’s always full, with adult, young child and even baby books.  Today we picked up Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow and Salt:  A World History by Mark Kurlansky.  We’ve been reading Who Took the Farmer’s Hat? by Joan Nodset and Vegetable Soup by Jeanne Modesitt, two others we picked up from this same little library.  It’s so fun to see Iliana open the door and find books she wants us to read.

I’ve been wanting to write about books for awhile, namely because of one in particular that I’m reading that I really like.  The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen, is very interesting and is all about a man named Daniel Suelo who, in 2000, gave away all of his money and now lives without it.  It’s a great read about how we are so tied to money, doing things for money, living our lives to get money, instead of living and choosing life based on other values, or what we truly want or need.  Which reminds me of a Ted talk called “Hackschooling Makes Me Happy” I watched yesterday, one Eric told me I had to see, about a 13 year old boy who is being homeschooled or “hackschooled” as he calls it.  He talks about how his goal is to be happy and to be healthy and he wonders what regular education would be like if this were the goal.  His mother took him out of mainstream schooling when he was 9 and he now creates his own education in very inventive and creative ways.  He’s happy and moving towards his goals.

The thing that strikes me about all of this:  little libraries, quitting money, and hackschooling, is the abundance of ways to live with less impact on the world and with taking advantage of things being offered around us and in our communities.  There is so much available, truly, all we need to do is slow down and be ready to receive.  When we go on walks around our neighborhood, there is always something to see, pick, and usually take home.  Books are one example.  Currently, fruit is another example, as the bounty of the trees around us is hugely prolific (and with some homes we’ve even gotten the chance to talk to the homeowner about the fruit and if it’s okay to pick it in their yard).  Meeting the homeowner has been another bonus as we’ve gotten to know more of our neighbors.  Going for walks has become quite an adventure, really.  We never know what we might come upon and who we might meet.

I find that if am totally focused on accomplishing, it somehow leaves me with little room to stop and smell the flowers, so to speak.  But when I slow down, take a walk in our neighborhood, or go to a new park, or even just hang out in our front yard and say hi to a neighbor, so much just comes to us then.  I’ve seen it happen over and over again since moving here.  It also helps that I have an extremely social almost 5 year old, who says hi to everything and everyone, regardless.

I wish for you a Friday of letting things just happen, of trusting that what you need will come to you, letting go of wants, and being open to just receiving.  This is what I’m hoping for too.  Happy Friday.



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