A Daddy Dilemma
Play date Discrimination?
By: Julie Ryan Evans
Being new to the area, I’m constantly on the lookout for potential playdates for my son. I’m quick to exchange contact information with moms I meet at malls and parks, and I’ve even considered having some cards printed up with my contact information to expedite the process. But with his newest “best” friend from preschool, I’m trying to look the other way.
The problem is that Edward’s* parents are divorced, and his father is the primary guardian. He’s a nice guy, who seems to be doing the best he can for his son. We chat here and there at drop off and pickup as our sons play, but I’ve hesitated when it comes to inviting them on a playdate, even though my son asks about it daily.
I just can’t see myself and the dad sitting there chatting and having coffee while the boys play. I hate to discriminate and don’t want to leave poor Edward out, but, frankly, it would just be too weird. I mean, did you see Little Children?
Consider the following conversation on the way to the car today as the four of us walked to the parking lot together:
Edward: Nolan is coming to my house. I have Cheerios.
Nolan: Yes, I’m going to Edward’s house.
Edward: Yeah, Nolan is going to come to my house and sleep there.
Edward (pointing to me): And you can sleep with my daddy!
See what I mean? Just awkward.