Today is my mother’s birthday. I would like to tell you something about my mother and about me. She has many amazing qualities, is in incredibly godly woman, incredibly self-sacrificial, and patient. A very specific way in which this was manifested in my life was in how she homeschooled me. For whatever reason (some people would affix a three letter acronym to this I’m sure), I was just not ready to read when most boys and girls normally learn to read.
Some classmates standing beside the Freshman reading list at New Saint Andrews College
It wasn’t that I was lazy, or that she wasn’t trying hard enough, or was qualified enough (truth be told, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gordon College, and taught at Winter Park High School – she’s over-qualified!). It wasn’t clicking for me; I was just not grasping the careful and articulate lessons she taught me.
When I was about 10 years old everything suddenly clicked into place! I was ready to read, and took off! I now have BA in Liberal Arts and Culture from New Saint Andrews which is particularly vigorous in reading, requiring an estimated 20,000 pages of reading in Freshman year alone. The pile of required books every Freshman reads reach higher than most girls when stacked. And I loved it. I thrived. I am a voracious reader.
My wonderful mother, Donna Foucachon
The amazing thing, however, is not that I was late, but that I never knew it. It was only years later that I looked back and realized that most kids learned earlier than I did. I had no idea. And that’s when I realized just how much love and care and patience it took my mom to continue teaching me, worrying about me being delayed, and yet plodding on. Turns out I was perfectly normal, and just needed time. Had I been in public school I would have been acutely aware of my “slowness.” It wasn’t easy for my mother to homeschool all 5 of us kids in 5 different grades, while also being a pastor’s wife overseas. But it was an incredible gift to me. Thank you mommy!
Now married to another bibliophile, we are inundated with books. We have more books than bookshelves. Piles of books on every subject: fiction, history, philosophy, literature, theology, how-to’s, The Great Books, classics, etc. And we’ve read the majority of them!
President, Roman Roads Media
January 8th, 2013.