Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 39 talked about my childhood. Our history book has finally caught up with me. It feels strange to read about one’s lifetime in a history book. We called it “contemporary history” when I was growing up but I see they only call it “modern” here.
The 1980s in the East and the Mideast took us to India after partition and Iran and Iraq. In all honesty, I did not know much about those places. I mean, I knew Indira Gandhi got assassinated by her own body guards but why I did not comprehend. Now I know. And I had never heard of the Bhopal disaster. So this was very educational for me.
The story on Iran and Iraq went on and on with twists and turns. We had a hard time retaining all the details. We got lost in them, but we survived.
If I were to pick five essential things or characteristics that a homeschooling mom should have, curiosity and a desire to learn would be two of the five. I got plenty of both. Most homeschooling moms I know feel the same.
For the project or craft activity, we chose to make a langar meal. Since we are vegetarian, the aloo gobi (potato cauliflower) fit perfectly with our lifestyle. I skipped the lemon and onion because I am allergic to both, and I adapted the other condiments so that it is not too spicy.
Unfortunately, I could not interest the kids to eat it. They loved the smell, but once they tasted it, they wanted no more. We are just not big fans of Indian spices.