My son Bob, is 10 years old. He is very friendly, probably to his detriment, however. Yesterday, I was so distressed at the way his "friends" acted.
See, Bob is not very athletic. He is in theater, like the rest of the family. He likes his electronics and his bike. But he doesn't care for sports. We tried karate too and that was a flop.
This year, despite a fear of water, he agreed (okay, I made him!) to take swimming lessons. He LOVED the first one. He is only just learning to stick his head under water and is a bit nervous, but really working at it. So when we got home from our volunteering at the food pantry, we decided to go the the neighborhood pool to keep working on his new skills. He was thrilled to see two pals from school, but judging by the look they gave him,, I knew this wasn't going to go well. And it didn't. They 'allowed' him to play their game, but really just ignored him the whole time. Poor Bob, seeing the kids desert him, got loud and obnoxious. It was just painful. Some of these boys are more than happy to hang out with Bob most days, so I was floored!
So now my dilemma. Bob has signed up for a summer running program. I was pleased and surprised, but concerned enough to talk to the father in charge. He assured me that beginners will be welcome and it is all in fun, Ha! The first day it began to rain like mad and he kept the kids going until the lightnening alarm went off. Bob was the only beginner and now I am thinking this is all a big mistake.
I know I have to let him go. I understand that this is common with kids. My daughters went through it too and came out stronger, but I am not sure I can go through all this drama again!
Anyway, he will have a good day today! His gamer buddy from Drama is coming over!
Thanks for letting me vent!