Within one year, she quickly moved from a budding fashionista to a promising musical theatre performer. Now she just wants time to turn the music she loves into movie soundtracks. Becoming a D.J. also interests her. However, high school academics are demanding. After hours spent at school she has hours of homework. Just the other night she said, "Mom, I just want time to curate my music, learn how to edit and mix music, finish reading The Catcher in the Rye, write a screenplay, and play with my hamster. But I never have time with all this homework!"
I have been lobbying to homeschool her, but she gives much resistance. I know that if I could provide her education at home, she'd have time for the things that interest her. Her interests would be incorporated into the curriculum.
Maybe someday soon I'll figure out that I am the mom and her education is ultimately my decision. I am conflicted because I also want her to be happy. I fear she'll resent my demand for her to be homeschooled.
In the meantime, I'll capture the moments (pictured below) wherein she is experiencing joy, free from the academic pressures of traditional education. These moments are extraordinary, maybe not to her, but to me they quietly scream she is an amazing woman in the making.