Outside the Box: I wish I didn’t know

  Today's post is from a friend who wishes to remain anonymous.  Content note: marital rape Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. The memories of childhood often evoke feelings of longing for a time when happiness abounded. For … Continue reading Outside the Box: I wish I didn’t know

Philosophy and the Box: Thoughts at 3 a.m.

My friend Sam wrote this in her journal earlier this year. Like most college students, we both have existential epiphanies at 3 am during midterms. I talk about the Box a lot. It's my term for fundamentalism and growing up homeschooled and isolated. My early school years were all in a converted storage closet with … Continue reading Philosophy and the Box: Thoughts at 3 a.m.

Isn’t this why we don’t send our kids to public school?

I was four years old. We were visiting my dad's childhood home in New York, and we went to the house of an elderly lady who used to be his neighbor. She had a caretaker, a single mom homeschooling her son, who was around my age. My favorite TV show was Barney the Dinosaur, my … Continue reading Isn’t this why we don’t send our kids to public school?

I can’t save my siblings

Growing up homeschooled means you get a lot more time with your siblings than other kids. As an older sibling, it also means you have much more responsibility for them. My parents told me I didn't need friends, I had my siblings. They also told me I was the example for them, the prototype. This … Continue reading I can’t save my siblings

Three year anniversary: #WhyILeft Fundamentalism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fQ0JSImpzM Three years ago yesterday, I left my parents' house. They'd delivered an ultimatum: transfer from UCCS to Bob Jones University or move out. I chose freedom. Last year, a boyfriend told me, "That's one thing I love about you. You're incredibly American, in the most fundamental way. You'd rather be free than comfortable." Which … Continue reading Three year anniversary: #WhyILeft Fundamentalism