Saturday, June 21, 2008

Decompression -- A Photo Essay

They say that when a child is taken out of school and homeschooled, he often needs a period of readjustment, sometimes called "decompression." Similar, I think, is that transformation that takes place when school lets out in the spring. Trip has just finished his sophomore year in high school after having been homeschooled through 8th grade, and he has taken decompression to heart. Yesterday, he spent the afternoon at the Bonnie Blue House relaxing and getting back to the real world by helping the younger homeschoolers out on a zip line, and swimming with several homeschooled remoras on his back. By the end of the afternoon, a cheerful, cooperative Trip had been restored to us. At least for the moment, captured in this photo essay:



Trip began by helping the little ones on the zip-line.



Then his brother and friends got him wet.



When Trip jumped into the pool, the little ones were forlorn.



So Trip got Out...



Ran over to the line...





Brought it back up to the launch-ladder...



And jumped back into the pool...



Where two remoras disguised as children attached themselves to him.

And he didn't mind one bit!

2 comments:

Alice Gunther said...

Trip was the best addition to the party!

He's a great kid.

Mary Ellen Barrett said...

He was a big part of the fun here Friday! We must never have another party without Trip!