Police, Rescue and Maritime Fun

My youngest, now ten, is totally fascinated by all things “Rescue”. If we ever see an emergency vehicle with siren blasting and lights flashing, she wants me to follow it. She is a sweet and sensitive soul and knows that what is at the other end of that vehicle’s journey could be quite upsetting, yet her passion persists and has led to some rather interesting experiences and discussions!

Recently, we had a couple of “safer” options for exploring this passion. Firstly, we attended an information day put on by the Police Force, which was really interesting. They had all types of police and rescue operations represented, even including deep sea divers and high speed police boats. Here’s a bit of a peep.

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Talking to the deep sea rescue diver was one of the highlights! Although M
Talking to the deep sea rescue diver was one of the highlights! Although Miss 10 assures me she would NEVER do that for a job!

Not long afterwards, we found out about a pretty cool exhibition called “Rescue” that was on display in a neighbouring city, so we decided to check it out. Even if something like this is a few hours away, it is so worthwhile doing whatever we can to support our children’s interests. It is the essence of unschooling! Without our practical and active support of whatever it is they are interested in, unschooling will not flourish. (One of the greatest myths about unschooling is that it is “doing nothing” when in fact that couldn’t be further from the truth.)

In this case, taking her to the second exhibition required arranging care for one other child, organising transport including a lift and four train journeys, and spending a day doing something I wasn’t particularly interested in, myself. What I WAS interested in was my daughter, and supporting her passion, and because of that, I found authentic joy in the experience without having to pretend or fake it.

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There were quite a few hands on (literally!) activities to have a go at
There were quite a few hands on (literally!) activities to have a go at

All in all, in spite of the fun we managed to have, the exhibition was somewhat disappointing, being aimed at a younger age group. There really wasn’t a whole lot there that was new or overly interesting, but we managed to have a good time regardless. We certainly had a lot of fun with the recording studio. The above video was the final attempt after an awful lot of bloopers and laughter!

One of the things I’ve found to be awesome about this life is the unexpected treasures along the way. When things don’t go to plan, there is usually something different to enjoy that might not be what we’d gone looking for, but ends up just as interesting and enjoyable, if not more!

Whilst the exhibit wasn’t everything we’d hoped it would be, the Maritime Museum where it was held was filled with interesting things to explore, and we ended up doing just that right up until closing time!

The detail in this display was amazing, yet we felt sad looking at it once we realised it was depicting an old whaling boat.
The detail in this display was amazing, yet we felt sad looking at it once we realised it was depicting an old whaling boat.
You'd be amazed how long we stayed at this display for!
You’d be amazed how long we stayed at this display for!
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There were hands on activities scattered all throughout the museum
Having fun with the International Code of Signals from 1902
Having fun with the 1902 International Code of Signals for communication between naval ships
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Which swimming costume would you choose?
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A creative use for old beer cans. They tell us it actually floats, too!
Watching her face light up as she discovers the exhibits brings joy to my soul
Watching her face light up as she discovers the exhibits brings joy to my soul

So in the end, having traveled over three hours to see a “Rescue exhibition”, it ended up being the Maritime Museum that really grabbed our attention. I found myself feeling very thankful that we weren’t there on a pre-arranged school excursion, complete with question and answer sheets to complete as we went around the exhibition, having to stick to a program pre-determined by a teacher. Instead, we were free to explore whatever took our fancy which, as it turned out, wasn’t what we’d gone there to see! Life is a grand adventure, and there is learning in everything we do. Let’s not miss the joy of it, by “sticking to the plan” and limiting the wonder of something unexpected.

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Karen Lee

FAMILY: Married since 1989 (does that make me old?), a full-time Mum since 1993, and unschooling my kids since 2005. On a journey of learning to live free and fully loved as God intended, following Jesus rather than an institution or "religion". Caring for the world and its people as best as I can.