This is such a bizarre phenomenon to me. We are respectful of the gym. We do not ask for anything beyond what is typically offered at a gym time. We parents are all present, covering supervision. We clean up after ourselves.
Why? Why don't they like us? Why do they create some sort of argument every time we try and plan a class in their space? Why do they put away certain equipment when we arrive, frequently leaving us with just mats and yellow plastic squares with wheels on them? Why do they bark at our children?
This is not the first time we have faced unusual tension from an organization or an individual just because we homeschool. Once, I was sitting on the beach minding my own business and a lady I did not recognize came over to me. She quipped, "Your kids are playing with mine. They told me you homeschool." From there, she proceeded to perform a verbal colonoscopy on my entire life. Her arguments escalated into irony when she criticized my kids' ability to socialize, my kids who were at that moment playing with her kids. In the end, I learned that she was a teacher from out of town visiting her parents. She had no connection with the local schools, but still felt the need to tell me how much our lifestyle was a threat to her personally.
It's sort of like yelling at a cat owner because clearly they are rejecting dogs. Or keying someone's sedan because surely their choice to buy a sedan is a direct criticism of mini-vans.
Our choice to homeschool is the choice that is best for our family at this time. That's all.
Now then, Parks and Rec., would you please leave out the merry-go-round when we come to gym?
|Making grapejuice from sour grapes, the kids|
use the mats to build a variety of structures.