Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

I’m excited for the weekend – more specifically I’m excited for this Monday, June the 1st. We are doing another A.T.I.C in the park, and if you are within driving distance to Pigeon Forge you really really really ought to make plans to show up.

A.T.I.C is basically a huge free garage sale. We used to do this at our church in California. Everybody is welcome to participate (even if they do not contribute). But here’s the basic gist of it:

You go thru your house and put all the stuff that you don’t want anymore in a big bag (or box), and then bring it to A.T.I.C and put lay it out on the different tables. Boy clothes, girl clothes, mom clothes, dad clothes, books, shoes, pots, pans, curtains, nick nacks, roller skates – whatever. And then you browse thru the tables and take whatever you want and as much as you want that others have brought. It’s a real keen idea, eh?

This used to be a real life-saver for our family back in Cali. Our church actually did this every month and my kids always had clothes, schoolbooks, etc; and we always had things to contribute because we were always outgrowing things. The best part is that EVERYTHING IS FREE.

The more people who show up, the better browsing it makes. Afterwards, me, Ryann and Coie will take the leftovers to a Salvation Army (unless anybody else wants to take it home with them).

Plus it’s fun to visit with everyone who shows up. Try and make it! If you want more details email me

June 1 from 11 – 2 Pigeon Forge City Park Pavillon #2.
Bring your family and a picnic lunch and come out to enjoy the fellowship!.
Restrooms are nearby as well as a great playground for the children

May 27th, 2009 - Posted in Uncategorized | | 15 Comments

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  1. Jules said,

    on May 27th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    THAT sounds like so much fun!!!!!! I wish I could be there!!! I am doing spring cleaning and I have soooo much stuff I would love to be rid of …. I love rifling through someone else’s junk! :-D

  2. jess said,

    on May 27th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    i remember A.T.I.C. I should tell my pastor’s wife about that. They’re always looking for and implementing new ways to benefit our church.

    I went to the doctor today and everything looks swell. Each time I’m seeing someone different from Wiggins. Today’s doctor was great. She told me, “GIRL, you’ve only gained 40 pounds. I gained *80* with MY kid, you’re doing awesome! Don’t you worry at all.”

    I liked her.

  3. JenIG said,

    on May 27th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Jules, I wish you could come, too!

    Jess, now *THAT* is a great doctor…

  4. Melonie K. said,

    on May 28th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Bummer – If I’d known about this ahead of time – I have some things I coulda thrown in a priority one rate box for you to pass on to whomever could use them. If you plan another one, lemme know and I’ll do that. :-)

  5. Angie:) said,

    on May 28th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    wooo hoooo!! I’m looking forward to it:)

  6. on May 29th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    What a really cool idea! I like it! Too bad I live so far away. :-(

  7. Ruth said,

    on May 30th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    This sounds wonderful and I wish I could go. I have taken alot of things to the thrift store. Some major purging and cleaning out here.

  8. Nancy said,

    on May 30th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Jen!
    How fun, wish I could bring all my stuff—my van is full of get-rid-of’s and there is so much more in my house. We have a homeschool barter group that does a lot of trading of things, plus we do clothing swaps a lot too, but I love this idea and may have to do one here. Can I copy you? They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. :)

    Love you!
    (see you SOON!)

  9. Amy Beth said,

    on May 30th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I’m hoping to get to come! I can’t wait.

  10. jenig said,

    on June 1st, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Nancy, I hope that you do! It’s such a huge blessing for all who participate

  11. Christi said,

    on June 1st, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    ATIC sounds really cool! I bet the St. Louis area would do well with that, too!

    HELP! I canNOT find that wonderful article you wrote – what? – a couple years ago, I think, on socializing. It was wonderful, and that’s about all I remember. I’m pretty sure it was published in the TOS mag, too. If you have an on-line link to it, that would be superb. I have a friend who’s “considering” homeschooling … except for the “socialization” factor. Psh! Puh-leeze! Anyway, I’m sending her my own observations/lessons learned/etc., as well as links to other peoples’ points of view, and your article was one that I remembering liking quite well!

    Can ya help?


  12. jenig said,

    on June 1st, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Christi… is this the one?


    Hi Christi, I don’t have a link, but I will copy and paste it here iffen you really want it. :) Socialization or Socialism? Jen Igarashi

    When I hear the question, “You homeschool? What about socialization?” I cringe. Socialization or socialism? My answer to that question is, “One of our main reasons for choosing to homeschool is because of socialization. We want our kids to become leaders and free thinkers rather than fresh young oddities being prodded at from all sides by peers and teachers compelling them to conform to the modern philoso-flavor of the day.”

    The public school is proficient at turning out “identical independents.” Why is it that most teenagers look, talk, and dress exactly the same? They think they dress that way because they want to express their “individuality.” But why is it that their “individuality” is identical to so many others their age?

    It’s because there are acceptable boundaries of ‘individualism’, and I know this firsthand because when I was a little subject going through the State Indoctrination System, I was quite aware at a very young age of what and who one was to look and act like in order to survive in the classroom and playground. However, being the insipid noodle that I was, I could never quite put it all together and make myself presentable in the Higher Social Courts.

    It was especially bad in middle school. I remember gazing upon the royalty and longing for some sort of connection. I did not have such lofty goals to think that I, a mere nerdburger, could be in the regal circle; I simply wished for a moment or two in their presence. I dreamed silly dreams of being noticed by them … or–be still my heart–to even perhaps win their affection, however small it might be. So when Lady Lisa happened to come by the little group I was in at the library, I knew my chance to make an impression was at hand. Sadly, I did not have a ready-made plan to swing into action, for I hadn’t been presumptuous enough to really believe I’d ever be personally addressed by Her Majesty.

    Therefore, I called upon my common sense to pull me through. My common sense told me, “Simply laugh at everything she says, so she will know that you are a loyal subject and she will see that you’re a fun type of girl.” And so the conversation went something like this:

    Her Majesty: “Hi, are any of you guys going to Mark’s party?”
    Me: hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee
    Her Majesty (eyeing me warily): “I hear there might be a keg there.”
    Me: hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee
    Her Majesty: “It should be pretty awesome.”
    Me: hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee
    Her Majesty (staring at me with mortification while addressing the others): “I’ll give the other details privately.”
    Me: hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee

    Yep, my one big chance and all I could conjure up was a Scooby Doo impersonation.

    Yet I suppose the experts and psychologists today would say that sort of interaction is important to build a child’s awareness of others and how to interrelate. Well, if that theory is true, I never had the opportunity to let practice make perfect because when you are identified as an idiot in middle school, there are no second chances.

    I get the feeling, from those who do the asking, that they believe that going to public school for “socialization” is more important than going for the sake of “getting a proper education.” And I don’t think anybody in his right mind would ever argue that point. The government has been silly enough to make their state school statistics and progress reports public. The pesky homeschoolers have had the nerve to outscore their public school counterparts by up to 30% on SATs. The unsocialized little brainy brats.

    No thanks; I do not want my kids immersed in the public school socialization programs. They are taught social lessons to Respect Yourself, Respect Others, and Respect Your School. They are encouraged “think on their own” by adopting a spirit of rebellion against authority. They are encouraged to be independent so long as it means thinking, talking, and dressing like their peers. Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest is lived out on the playground and lunchrooms every day. One learns quickly that to “survive” one must “conform.”

    My children are taught to be leaders. They do not look at others in their specific age group with adoration. Their peers are the society we place them in, and this includes all ages, younger and older. With the great amount of time I have with them, I am able to train them and coach them through many different isolated interactions. If they are at a park and want to play with others, I am able to encourage them to boldly walk up and introduce themselves. If they come running over to make sure I heard that someone was being unkind, I am able to remind them to step up and be the leaders who address the unkind and unjust and to be the ones who will plainly state Truth when they have the opportunity.

    We are able to set up our own testing grounds for character and life skills lessons. It is not the same meat grinder that folds them and separates them and minces their moral fiber into submission by a continuous negative pressure. They are not dumped out at the end of the day as a mushy lump of conflicting ideas.

    What about socialization? There is no such thing as the “experts” mean it. There is character training; and that will be accomplished by the group that has the most access to them and that can gain the most influence over them.

    The fact of the matter is that all people of all ages, in any situation, desire to be looked upon favorably in whatever group they are associated with, whether it’s family, church, choir, football, work, or something else. They will conform. We all conform. The trick is immersing ourselves in the group we want to align ourselves with. Hopefully, that will be found first and foremost in our Lord. By homeschooling, we have the unique advantage of creating our children’s peer groups. Choose wisely.

  13. Michelle said,

    on June 2nd, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Oh man – that sounds like so much fun. I wish I could rent a U-Haul and drive down! ;-)
    I hope you find some neat stuff!

  14. sandy said,

    on June 4th, 2009 at 7:09 am

    I am considering doing ATIC at our church, but I’m curious about your experience of doing right after church at church vs. doing it in a park. Did you ‘advertise’ it outside your church, and if so, how? Do you prefer after worship to an afternoon in the park?
    SUCH a great idea!!

  15. jess said,

    on June 4th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    OK! Attic is OVER. Please blog again now.

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