Last month I asked Khayla what she thought about housework for unschoolers. I asked her if she thought she should be doing more work around the farm. It was a genuine question, meaning I was not asking her to do some work, but was asking her for her opinion. I asked her what she thinks she would do with her own children? She understood the question and told me she would think about it. The next day I found this note on my desk. I’ve been carrying it around in my wallet since.
Subsequently we resolved the issue by studying the Ladakh way of life wherein children are introduced to farm work naturally, as they are entertained by songs for each type of work they get involved in. The Ladakh have managed to turn all their work into a form of collective play, and as Alan Watts would say “Once your work becomes your play, you never have to work again.” We agreed that this would be our approach with our future generations. Making work joyful and fun, we thought, would be the solution.
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Why did Jesus spend so much time with the Ladakh?
In memory of our Beloved,