Unschooling

A mini rabbit trail for today

On the genre of magical realism. Magic realism is A narrative technique that blurs the distinction between fantasy and reality. It is characterized by an equal acceptance of the ordinary and the extraordinary. Magic realism fuses lyrical and, at times, fantastic writing with an examination of the character of human existence and ) an implicit criticism of society, particularly the elite.

What started us on this educational rabbit trail, at eight o’clock in the morning? A quote attributed to the author Gabriel García Márquez, from his novel Love In The Time Of Cholera. Marquez’ works are classifified as magical realism, a term relatively new in literary analysis.

Shows one the evolving of knowledge.. .

The quote? She discovered with great delight that one does not love one’s children just because they are one’s children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.

I liked the quote. I shared it with the kids. We did some Google-ing and Wikipedia-ing. And talking.

And came to today – Our Lady of Sorrows. We will pray the Dolors Rosary tonight. A rosary from the Servite Fathers, the chaplet dates back to the 13th century, iwith reference to the Scriptural prophecy of Simeon in Luke 2:34-35: “Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.’’ This is called the Seven Dolors Rosary, “dolors” being the Latin for pain, sorrow or grief.

Making connections, with our faith and with a literary quote…

Can one discover, with delight, that one does not love the faith and Our Lord simply because one ought, as a Catholic, but because of the relationship formed while practicing and living and learning about the faith?

Wow, unschooling before we have even eaten breakfast!

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