College Son’s Odyssey

Preparing homeschooled kids who plan to attend college can be challenging, and some of us have occasional doubts about whether we’re doing well enough. I was happy to receive this text message from our middle son last night: “I just got out of my western culture class. I’m glad you had me do The Odyssey because we’re starting with reading the book.”

A fist pumping “Yes!” on my part was followed by some reminiscing. I first introduced the boys to The Odyssey with an audio recording by story teller Odds Bodkin. It’s an epic telling of the story, which Bodkin’s website describes this way:

Crouched in the dark belly of the Trojan Horse, you wait. Nervous warriors breathe quietly, swords wrapped for silence. Suddenly someone’s mind is speaking. . . .  Prepare to meet Odysseus of Ithaca, grasped by fate and hurled to the ends of the earth.

Nice to know that as my son continues his educational odyssey, something we started learning about a decade ago is valuable and familiar.

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