I am a little late on the post today because family always comes first. We all had a case of cabin fever, so we donned masks and went to a bookstore.
Here we are my husband, me and five of our children walking into the store masks on, chatting and laughing. There were very few people in there with masks on and no gloves to be seen except on the staff. Total staff and customers there are less than twenty people in the big box store I will not name, seven in my family.
A lady not wearing a mask, huffed at us, glowered and shook her head. My thought was immediately, “Wow, you should smile. Don’t worry about me and my kids.” I did not say a word to her. I smiled and then realized, oh, yeah she can’t see it.
Unfortunately she was not the only weird look we got. Several of the few no maskers there gave us strange looks. I even double checked to see if my husband was wearing one of his kilts. That sometimes gets funny looks from Florida folks, but no he was in shorts. I am amazed at the non-chanlautness people are displaying over the seriousness of getting a virus. Either way, what is it to them if we have masks on? Our health is our responsibility.
I am not an expert, however, I think we should not stop living because we might get sick. There were viruses before this new one and this will not be the last one. We need to be smart about what we do to protect ourselves and others.
My opinion is just my opinion, so you do you and we will wear masks.
Those of you who know us, know that the O’Gara clan has five children between the ages of 10 and 16. We have loads of fun. Our house is mostly quiet. People come in and are amazed at how quiet it can be with five children, two adults, and a dog.
This weekend Daughter #4, age 13 had a friend who spent the weekend with us. What’s one more kid, right? This visiting friend said, “You are a strange family.” We took that as a compliment.
We are different that is true. Our parenting style is unique. You will not hear us screaming, yelling or otherwise arguing with our kids. We are not forceful disciplinarians, however, we do not let our kids go wild and misbehave. We do not stick to strict daily regimented schedules. We give them freedom of choice and often they make the right one. If not, we talk it through. We have house rules that each person in the family had input. Included are rules for screen time, a few chores and things to keep them safe. We also have clear consequences, so there are no surprises when someone steps out of line. We require honesty and respect not only for speaking with adults but also to each other. They are to clean up after themselves and help maintain the shared spaces. We do not believe in using our children as a workforce. Sometimes, that means we choose family fun over cleaning. Chores can wait, they aren’t going anywhere. We sometimes allow them to eat whatever they want for breakfast and lunch but insist on a healthy dinner. Yes, even cake for breakfast.
What made her say we’re a strange family? I am not sure. I guess any of those things may seem strange.
I would rather be called strange than ordinary. I would rather be called strange than normal. I would rather be called strange than mean.
We learned the hard way that children are only children for a short time. Our intent is to enjoy their childhood with them while also teaching them to be responsible adults. All we can do is our best and then their life is on them to inflict on the world.
We may have a different parenting style than some parents. Our children are happy, healthy and loved, so strange is working for us.
Our new book, The Travelers’ Song is not set in medieval times; however, in our story this world, yes Earth, four thousand years from now life is eerily similar to the Dark Ages. Electricity is sparse, as is plumbing and other modern conveniences. Technology is not embraced like it is now because technology brought on the extinction of humans. Well almost. About a third of humans survived. But, I digress.
So come see the live Entertainment and a Real Jousting tournament, Live Shows, Medieval Games of Skill, Historic learning demonstrations and streets scattered with Noble Knights, Goddess Princesses, Dragon Slayers, Mighty Kings, Wizards, and many more Medieval Characters.
Well met to all of you who came out to the Gulf Coast Ren Faire! The O’Gara’s had a grand time meeting all of you.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.