Oh the playground drama. ::::deep breath:::: Heavens. Just gives new meaning to the phrase “Bless Your Heart”. I have this fear that someone else’s playground drama is going to leech out and attach itself to me or my children and then I will be involved in the drama and it will follow me around and cause me nervousness and make me an anxiety-ridden deer-in-headlights. Did I start in the middle again? Do you know what “playground drama”is? Playground drama: When the values of 100+ families who pick their children up from school (on the playground) clash, causing adults to argue with other adults or children alike, eventually resulting in angry Facebook posts, calls to the school and telephone-like rumors involving wildly outrageous tales and fire-breathing dragons. I avoid it when at all possible.
I am overly sensitive about getting into rows with other parents because of my special needs child. Its so difficult to find out anything that actually happened when an incident occurs. In my experience, most parents of typically developed children begin on the defensive unless they know me personally, instead of relaying facts. This makes it incredibly difficult when you have a child who can’t actually tell you what happened to them from their point of view. You can see why I would be a bit jumpy around the drama.
I recently saw someone else having drama which was in our friend-group and I have since started taking my children to the other playground just to avoid the possibility of drama-contagion. It wasn’t even happening to me, but it was close by. Too close! Also, it must be said, I believe that some of this may have to do with stress levels being unusually high with the end of the school-year approaching. I seem to remember this happening the last couple of years as the end of school year got closer. You’d think everyone would be too tired to argue, wouldn’t you? I know I certainly am. Soccer games, birthday parties, travel plans, extra-curricular classes, school projects and clubs. I’m DONE. Bring on the beach!! Maybe my approach is too extreme. I dunno, I generally do what I have to do to get through my day with the least amount of stress possible. If that involves switching playground sides, so be it.
*Oh no! Is this in contrast to being fierce?? Oh, I dunno. This marathon I run, its really about stamina. That’s pretty fierce.