(Abe and Emmy flying their bag kits they made themselves.)
I am the librarian at our little local library - just two afternoons each week, 8 hours total.
Today a patron that comes in regularly asks me if I have children in baseball or other sports. I tell her no, right now our two oldest boys used to play, our two girls next are not interested, and then the next in line is our six year old that can't wait but we won't start that until he is at least 8 years old as Mike and I really don't get the t-ball thing. She looks at me, not understanding.
She tells me both her boys (her only children) are in different levels of baseball so the schedule is crazy right now. I can relate. Our family did go through that a few years ago where we had the same kind of crazy schedule.
She then tells me both her boys are going to start football the beginning of August.
I want to ask her why? Does she realize how dangerous it can be? I don't.
She then tells me her oldest boy is ADHD and medicated. This is the same boy that last week I was telling my husband about - that he is a very angry kid. . She tells me he has never been able to sit still since he was walking and has always been behind in school.
I think to myself, "behind what?"
She asks me if any of my children have ADHD.
I tell her that I don't think so but the school system may have thought so.
I tell her that government schools are not designed for most children but especially boys.
I tell her that all children learn differently.
I tell her that every child is a genius and it is our job as parents to make it possible for that genius to expose itself through nurturing, loving, supporting, and often by just letting the child be.
She doesn't say anything. I know she doesn't get it.