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Dome Home, Unschooling, and This Boy Named Himself

Dome Home, Unschooling, and This Boy Named Himself

Meet The Doss-Bundances! They live in Canton, Georgia, raising a modern boy and living much differently than those around them.

Tell us about you and your partner:

My Beloved partner and I have never been traditional people. We tend to break social and stereotypical norms simply by being ourselves. We call each other husband and wife, but we aren't married in the traditional/legal sense.

My husband is Michael, and I'm Terra. We met when I was 38 and he was 46, and we have been together for 14 years. It is my 3rd marriage and his second. He and his first wife adopted four children, so Michael is the father of 5, and I'm the mother of 1 and bonus mom of his 4.


Your pregnancy was outside of the norm. Tell us about it.

We got pregnant with our son when I was 42, and Michael was 50. It was a surprise simply because we didn't think we could get pregnant at our ages and with our past histories. I had our son when I was 43, and Michael was 12 days from turning 51.

We had four names picked out for him, but we wanted to wait until we met him to name him. After three days, we gave him the name Bodhi because he was so much like a little, peaceful guru. We gave him both of our last names because we didn't want to change either of our names, but we wanted him to have both.

Even your home is unique?

Yes! We live in a geodesic dome (the only permitted geodesic dome home in our county) because I have always wanted to live in one, so when it came time for us to build a house on the 5 acres we were blessed to obtain, that's what we decided to build. We built the home ourselves (with some help) on a crystal grid, and it's very Feng Shui'd.

Your schooling for your son is completely untraditional. Tell us about it:

We unschool our son primarily because we knew right away that we didn't want to go the traditional route, and unschooling is truly perfect for all of us. When our boy was 3, he changed his name to Birdie because he loved dinosaurs and knew that birds are descendants of dinos.


You let your son change his name?

Yep! The name Birdie has stuck, and he knows he can change it legally when he's 18, go back to using Bodhi, or keep Birdie as a nickname. We'll leave it up to him!


What does unschooling look like?

As an unschooling family and as older parents, we are very comfortable giving Birdie a lot of room to figure things out, learn at his pace, have his likes and dislikes, and study what he enjoys. We are always available to support him, but we don't push him in any particular direction. He started teaching himself to read at 4yo and is an avid reader.

Besides reading, Birdie also loves to draw, write, music, create movies, try any type of art I'm working on, cut out masks and characters, and create his own Pokemon, dinosaurs, animals, and mythical creatures. He also loves to be on his Leapster and look up stuff on our phones to study or look up things to create for future movie and book ideas.


Is he athletic or into sports?

Birdie isn't really into being outside unless it involves swimming. He LOVES to swim. Even when swimming, he's making up stories to play out for us or write down for us to read later.


What about how he looks?

He loves his long hair and his own style, which includes necklaces, bracelets, fingernail polish, and comfortable clothing.


The South is ultra-religious and traditional in some areas. How has that impacted you and your family?

We go to a non-traditional, spiritual, new thought center, where I sing and speak often. Birdie loves the openness and freedom to be himself in that community (as do we all).

Do people form assumptions about him based on who he is?

Birdie identifies as male, which is the gender he was assigned at birth, and he also identifies as straight and plans to get married to a woman and have kids one day. I only mention that because sometimes people get ideas stuck in their heads that only "certain boys" have long hair or wear nail polish. We believe that people are just people, and we all have different likes and dislikes, and that doesn't 'make' us anything other than how we each identify.

I loved hearing about you and your son. He's an OSHE boy! Thank you for sharing.

Thank you! We love Oshe and what it represents. And we are so proud of our funny, creative, intelligent, helpful, present son. He brings joy to us and so many people, and we trust that he will grow up knowing he can be exactly the person he came here to be.


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