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It was the 1990s. Dean and I tucked our young children into bed with a story. We then crept downstairs into the kitchen for a hot drink. Dean
took his steaming mug into the living
room. A minute later, I followed.
“Where’d you find that?” I asked as I
entered the room. “It’s been missing for
ages.” I smiled as he held up the remote
“Under the seat cushion . . . with a pen-
cil stub and some popcorn.”
With this shortfall in my cleaning rou-
tine staring me in the face, I said curtly,
“Get up, please. I need to sweep out
“Right now?” Dean responded with a
slight raise of the eyebrows. “I just got
comfortable.” He spoke calmly and glibly.
“Let’s watch something before it gets too
late.” He glanced at his watch. “It’s eight
ten. There may be something on PBS.
We haven’t checked in a long time. There
might be something good on.”
“Okay.” I acquiesced, but it took a
“Hmm, it’s a documentary,” he stated,
“about the Vikings, it looks like.”
“Oh, the children and I just finished
reading about Leif, Eric the Red’s son. Is
there a blank video around somewhere?
We could record this for the children.”
The Man-of-the-House obliged me. He
pushed a video into the slot.
As we watched the PBS special, a dig-
nified man with a gray beard, in a suit to
match, sat in a leather chair and spoke
with authority. He was a professor. Be-
hind him, the walnut bookshelves and
paneling gleamed. A beautiful, barren,
“We learned similar facts on the Vi-
kings in homeschool this week, and in a
more interesting manner.” Being a book-
man, Dean understood.
This incident, which took place in the
middle of our homeschool years, stands
A knowledge of history is gained through the unfolding of a story.