Fast forward a little more than 10 years..I have kids of my own who are homeschooling. It is no longer the weird thing to do, it is common, heard of, and a LOT of people do it. My brother lives next door, they homeschool their 6 girls. Most of my friends and some of my relatives do as well. It is not uncommon to run into random homeschoolers at, gymnastics, walmart, basketball etc.
I didn't realize how common place homeschooling had become until about two months ago, I took my kids to see my cousin. Her daughter is in kindergarten in public school. I over heard my dd(4) and my cousins daughter talking. They were discussing school. Cousins daughter said who her teacher was and that she rode the bus. My dd's eyes got as big as saucers and her mouth fell open. Haha she goes ' you go to PUBLIC school!' Hehe 'I've never known anyone who went to PUBLIC school.
She couldn't stop talking about it the entire way home. She (to her knowledge) had never met a public school kid before.
It was similar to the reactions I used to get over being homeschooled vs. Public school.
Time are definitely changing..and thankfully it seems, for the better.