I Was Homeschooled

Last week, when I went to the dentist, I had a fun interaction with the guy who did my x-rays. Just to break the silence, he asked me the usual empty questions like “did you get today off in school?” so I replied politely “no,” and that I had graduated already.

“Oh. What school did you go to?”

All my life, I’ve had to mentally and carefully assess my answer to this particular question. There are two ways to go about it: “Citrus Valley Christian Academy,” which is the politically correct answer, but then people want to know where that’s located and blabi-blah. Or, “I’m homeschooled,” which has a 95% success rate of killing any and every would-be conversation, stone dead. It’s really quite magical.

This particular morning I didn’t feel like getting into it, so those two magic words were the ones that came out of my mouth.

He stopped, x-ray-chip-thingy-halfway-to-my-mouth-now-left-suspended-in-air, and looked at me. “What school?”

This is when I knew. We were about to have a moment.

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Military School Closed

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The government shut down has affected so many under it’s jurisdiction, one of the greatest impacts falling on the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. — also, the school my brother is attending.

Monday, September 30th, the school celebrated it’s 70 year anniversary. On Tuesday, the school completely shut down.

Unlike the other military schools, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is under the Department of Transportation, not the Department of Defense, which is why it was so greatly affected. During a Government shut down, all civilian personnel receive furlough (a temporary layoff from work) and must leave the premises until further notice. And since the vast majority of teachers at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy are civilians, the school was forced to shut down, leaving hundreds of students in the air about their academic future.

“We are kind of the forgotten academy,” Carol Kennedy told USA Today.