Today we went to the JumpZone for Homeschool Day. JumpZone is an inflatable play area, known to our family as a "bouncy place". I had been looking forward to going, and now I sort of wished we had never gone.
Right after we walked in, a boy came to Austin and asked him to play air hockey. Austin said sure and they ran off together. I was really happy! About 20 minutes later, Austin went running by me and I asked if he was done with the air hockey. He said, "Yes! And the boys gave me a nickname!" I said, "Cool! What is it?"
I stopped him from running off and had him repeat himself to make sure I heard him correctly. I had indeed heard correctly. This is a group of homeschoolers... cannot believe that Austin would be called a name like that by another homeschooled child.
I told Austin that 'nerd' is not a nice thing to call someone, and that people who might call him a nerd are not the kind of people he would want to play with. He said OK and ran off. I saw him playing with these boys again later. (I also saw the boy who came up with the nickname back-talking the workers at the place several times.)
Austin just didn't understand that they were making fun of him. :( That is so sad to me.
None of the mothers spoke to me either.
The kids still said they had a good time, and they can't wait to go back so I guess we will. But I will be prepared next time. I won't go in thinking we'd make some nice, new homeschool friends.