I took my 8 year old ice skating, as per her request this month for her half birthday treat. (Don't ask me what I was thinking wearing that top. I was freezing!)
As to our skill level, she had never been before, and I do well to stay on my feet during my only trick, a very rudimentary twirl.
As she gained more confidence, she moved away from the rail and went from very wobbly to managing to stay upright all the way around the rink.
I quickly found though, that just when I wasn't expecting it she would flap and flail and land with a big flop, taking out any unsuspecting skaters nearby.
I learned to give her plenty of space, and whatever I did, I did NOT follow close behind her because I never knew when she would suddenly fall and trip me up.
The whole experience got me thinking about homeschooling, or really any other brand new endeavor that we wobble along doing at first.
We struggle along and look around us for examples. We hold onto the rail and make little progress at first.
And sometimes we follow too closely behind those who are just as new and inexperienced as we are.
But neither one of us really know what we are doing. Even when we move away from the rail, we sometimes flap and flail and land with a thud.
If you are following a beginner, be careful that they don't take you out when they fall.
"And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." Matthew 15:14
Here is a very short video of my girl at the end of our special day. She had taught herself to do this twirl. I still wouldn't follow behind her if I were you. You never know...