I was homeschooled.
There. I said it.
Now I know this immediately conjures up visions of denim skirts, Keds, extreme nerdery and children whose parents have a vendetta against interaction with other human beings, but I wasn’t that kind of homeschooler. I went to public school for a few years, was homeschooled for a few years, and went to a private high school for a few years.
I was well-rounded (and I’m not just talking about my chubby phase). I had friends. My parents didn’t hole me up in the basement. I got out of the house.
Heck, I can even carry on a coherent conversation with an adult!
But here is the best part: even as a little bitty six-year-old, I was destined for writing, for editing, for working with words. Thanks to my first language book, I have proof that I always have been (and likely always will be) a grammar fiend.
Exhibit A: “I like January of its snow.”
Note that, while I had initially placed an apostrophe within the word its, I erased it.
Its = possessive
It’s = It is.
“I like January because of it’s snow.” = wrong
“I like January because of its’ now.” = that’s not even a word
“I like January because of its snow.” = right
Exhibit B: “I saw two boxelder bugs at Grammy’s.”
Grammys = nonsensical gibberish
Grammy’s = possessive
“I saw two boxelder bugs at Grammys.” = wrong
“I saw two boxelder bugs at Grammy’s.” = ding ding ding!
Do you see? Do you understand? Even at the tender age of 6, I was focused on the intricacies of the English language, devoted to the furtherance of proper grammar, and mesmerized by the mechanics and style of the written word.
Is now also a bad time to mention that, despite my love of all things literary, I couldn’t spell my own name?
Go easy on me, people.
I was homeschooled.
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Actually, people told me being homeschooled meant wearing homemade clothes. Only.
Exhibit A: “I like January of its snow”….?
YOU misspelled nonsensical. LOL.
I misused an apostrophe on Facebook the other day and I’m not sure I’ll ever get over the shame of it. :o/
Um- you misspelled nonsenseical. LOL