Mama of Letters has grown from a writer’s blog into a homeschooling mother’s blog and now into a mother’s reflections on and pursuits in her life of learning — mostly with, but also without, her children.
Many years ago when I was trying to think of a name for my blog, I came up with “Mama of Letters” because it was a play on the term “Man of Letters,” which rubs me the wrong way. In Western society, only men used to be accepted as writers and scholars. Thank goodness this changed. And if women can have scholarly pursuits, surely mothers can too. Although, as we all know, it can be very difficult for mothers to balance motherhood with other aspirations, and they don’t always get the support they deserve.
I am far from being a true scholar in any subject, but now I find myself embracing this title more and more. (To be honest, I never loved it, but I couldn’t think of anything I liked better!) It is exactly what I am and aspire to be: a mom who is curious about the world. A mom who aims to be the best role model for her children by pursuing interesting and worthy endeavors. As Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “Being is the great explainer.”
For many years this blog’s main focus has been on homeschooling, but believe me when I say that the teachers have been my boys, and I have been their pupil. Raising children and homeschooling with my husband has given me the biggest surprise of my life: that I’m happiest being at home, learning with my family, creating with my family, and loving these incredibly interesting people who have inspired me to try to be more interesting myself.
I hope you will join me on this journey, and I hope we can inspire each other.
~ Shelli Bond Pabis