I've been thinking a lot today about the phrase fringe benefit. I looked it up in the dictionary and it's defined as "any nonwage payment or benefit granted to employees by employers; compensation in addition to salary." I guess I consider my salary the tangible evidence that my children are learning well under my instruction: they can sing all the words to the hymns I am teaching them, and Chloe is progressing very well in both reading and math - there's a paycheck. Sam and Max are learning to write their letters and they know the days of the week and the months of the year - there's a paycheck. But in addition to my salary, I must say that the fringe benefits from these past few weeks have been lovely. Herewith, a few...
|Extra time for snuggling and reading together in the morning...|
|Art class in jammies...|
|And last, but certainly not least, the opportunity to exercise your own creative take on patriotism...|
Old reruns of House Hunters simply can't compete with a three year old elephant in shiny pink cowboy boots reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in perfect diction.