Behind a front of knitting and discussing Charles Dickens, the women of the Bletchley Circle come together to use their brains. At first it's hard to persuade them to take risks, to act. At one point even the boldest of them says that they shouldn't be pursuing a murderer; that's a job for the authorities.
What does that have to do with Charlotte Mason email lists and Facebook groups? With little meetups to share nature notebooks and talk about Shakespeare? And with L'Harmas, a bunch of apparently nice, middleclass moms (and a couple of dads; men aren't excluded) spending a Friday night and a Saturday at a small-town Canadian church? Or with other similar goings-on in the United States? And maybe someday in Australia?
Francis Schaeffer said that in God's kingdom, there are no little people, just people God uses.
And sometimes we shake things up, bypass the experts. Because, as in The Bletchley Circle, if they're not going to do it...it's up to us. We begin by taking the risk of homeschooling, then by connecting with each other, by putting thoughts on paper, speaking to groups. Some of us find ourselves taking bigger risks, doing things we hadn't planned on: homeschooling through high school. Organizing communities, opening schools. Reaching out to more parents and children, looking beyond our families.
Maybe you could call it The Mason Circle. Because we don't want life to be "ordinary" either.