Monday, September 14, 2009

inactive, observant, and foreshadowing.


today. we went to the park. for pooping. not at the park. but in honor of the act at home. But that's another story.

a group of kids were playing together, parents meeting to socialize. kids meeting to play.

my girls were the only others on the play equipment.

as i helped ellis climb a mountain, i heard the group of kids asking millie her name. and she wouldn't tell them. i couldn't hear exactly what they were saying in return, but sat down to listen, because it sounded negative. and i wanted to see what millie would do.

then i heard millie say: my grandmother paints my toenails.

a response, and then millie: what. ever.

then the boys went for it: WHAT EVER. What is your name? If you don't tell me your name, then I'm going to poison you.

millie just stood and looked at them. but didn't show anything on her face.

boys: what is your name? you're dumb.

i was ready to jump in. but millie didn't seem scared, or worried, or sad. just stood there.

and that made me sad.

then the boys and 1 girl approached her. and got in her face. What is your name?

and she didn't even move. she was frozen. frozen. and i couldn't understand, but tried to figure out what was going on in her mind.

just as i was about to approach, the smallest girl in the group walked up and stood next to millie. then she put her arm around millie. and millie didn't budge. but neither did the small girl. and they both stood frozen together.

facing the onslaught.

it wasn't until i suggested the swings that millie responded to anyone. and so did the small girl. and we walked away.

and i was happy that millie didn't get mad. or outwardly sad.

i hope that she saw what i saw.

i tried to explain

but only time will tell

which group she chooses to befriend.



4 comments:

Arianne said...

That is hard! Wow...I would've wanted to jump right in and stop things. I'm sad that stuff like happens even with young kids...I would expect it when Millie gets to jr. high but not at the playground.

AmyMak said...

oh....that is sad. yes, time will tell and don't we all hope our kids will be the courageous and the brave?

angee said...

Wow! Good for Millie.

This is when being a parent is so hard. Why are kids so mean?! It just breaks my heart.

Sherry Carpet said...

i'm going to try to learn from you not to jump in and moderate. it's soooo hard not to.