At the local elementary school, they do a sort of "fund-raiser". Every Wednesday and Friday night during January and February, the kids can go roller skate in the gym. It costs $3 and lasts for two hours. What is really nice, is that they break the grades up. K-3 goes at one time and 4-6 goes at a later time.
So, last night, I brought my daughter and her friend to skate. You can just drop your kids off (they do a GREAT job of watching everyone) and then come back to pick them up. But, being the Mommy I am, I still don't feel comfortable doing that, so I opted to stay the 2 hours. (Although, I don't recommend 2 hours on bleachers made for elementary school sized bums!)
But, I figured that it gave me 2 hours "alone" to get some homework done. As I sat there trying to figure out my math, I was half listening to some adults sitting by me.
First, you must understand these "adults". These adults are the kids that were a bit older than me in school. He played football and she was a cheerleader. They got older, married and produced offspring.
There they sit, in all their wondrous glory, making fun of the very over-weight teacher playing with the kids. This teacher was doing conga lines, the hokey pokey and the chicken dance...all to the delight of the kids. I won't even repeat the comments that were made, but I found it very distasteful. What is worse, is that these comments were made in the presence of their other, younger children.
I know that I am sensitive anyway, when it comes to weight issues. Not an hour goes by that I am not thinking about it. But, I still found it completely disheartening to see "adults" and parents acting this way. One of the top rules in my home is TOLERANCE and it pains me to see that other people are not this way.
It also worries me that MY children will have to grow up with THEIRS. Hopefully MY children can teach them of love, understanding and acceptance.