Do we have to read Shakespeare?


"I feel sorry for people who never read Shakespeare", my 15-year-old son told me one late night in the darkness and the tiredness after just another of the many parties we attend while visiting our home country.

"I feel sorry for people who know ABOUT Romeo and Juliet but do not truly, KNOW Romeo and Juliet."

They are missing out on a delicacy of literature, something truly touching, something that offers a language for emotion, existence, life, the unknown - it will give you a roadmap to a huge part of modern literature and amazing metaphors to enjoy for a long time.

Life is long, yet short. And I can and will not change who I am. Living as an unschool mother does not mean I am not supposed to share my passions and push to teach my kids some of the values I have carved out with my existence. Unschooling does not mean un-parenting; neither does it mean erasing the personality of the adults in the family. At least not i my book.

Unschooling is about mutual respect and about living the most important relations with true ethics and true presence.

To me, it is about me listening just as much as they do and sharing passions or at least to chime in for a while in each other's interests. Some of the things my children enjoy, I simply can not focus on for long, and some of the things I love, they do not see the point. So we go look for shared space.

In our family, we share a passion for literature, and as I am 22 years into motherhood, I realize there is a limited amount of books we will read together before they are adults. So we start from the top. Why start anywhere else. And we read theater scripts because the novels more or less read themselves.

Plus, there is another thing. Shakespeare, the jewel of theater, goes through so much content, you can think about it for the rest of your life, so when we play Shakespeare we get to enjoy a lot of nuances of life together and think about important stuff and funny stuff, so we grow our personalities and relations in the most beautiful way.

If you play Shakespeare as a family, it will also give a special bond, a shared language of poetry, and a ton of hours shared with laughter, love, art, and community.

So, why don't we all read Shakespeare all the time?

That's the question.

May the sun shine on you


Cecilie Conrad

Journey of One Happy Family
Interview with Raquy Danziger - a celebrated Darbuka performer


There are no comments yet. Be the first one to leave a comment!

Leave a comment

Keep reading

Here you can see the latest blogpost. Want more content? Just check the blog link in the menu :)


How to Travel Full Time & Unschool Your Children with Jesper & Cecilie Conrad

Interview: "The Conrad family travel full time, question everything, and choose a life based on their core values: love, adventure, personal freedom, and strong relationships. They join Amrit to share their journey to unschooling their kids, questioning what is truly important in life, and show us that this path to freedom is open to anyone who dares to take the leap into the unknown."

Read more…

Week 17 Blogpost - 4

Unschooling is just life

Unschooling is just a fancy word for living, said a meme I saw on social media this week. It is true. Another, longer, a post I read was about how ambitious we can all become while following each other's unschooling journeys on blogs and social media. 

Read more…

Social life of Nomads - 1

Do nomads have a social life?

Do you have any friends? This is one of the all times most asked questions we get as a full-time traveling family. In this text, we share the answers and perspectives on the idea of having a social life on the move. We would never have imagined this reality before we left, but now it is our everyday life of adventure.

Read more…

Follow Our Travels