Schools are closed- again. The bitter cold has rolled into our area, dropping temperatures below zero and bringing stronger winds. Although he was terribly disappointed, we didn't let Timmy go outside to play in the snow. We knew that there was no way we would be able to keep him healthy in the extreme freeze.
Instead of playing outside, Scott and I took our little guy to one of his favorite play areas. He had a blast for the first 15 minutes. Then an unruly family arrived, and everything went downhill. For some reason, the child took it upon himself to harass and tease our Timmy without cause. Happily jumping in the bounce house, this kiddo started screaming at Timmy, calling him names and clotheslining him as he tried to exit.
Scott and I tried our best to distract Timmy away from the bully, but it seems that our presence was not a deterrent. Timmy was teased and mocked while playing with me, and I was aghast that his mother did nothing. We finally packed up and left when the bully bit his sister's arm hard enough for her to shriek in pain. Unfortunately, it looked like she was used to the abuse. At that point, Timmy was happy to escape the harassment and eagerly accepted the Chick-Fil-A playland as consolation.
We didn't make a scene when leaving, but we did let it known that we were departing early because of the child's behavior. Only when we were packing up did the little bully's mom look up from her cell phone to watch her child. It saddens me that she didn't notice her child was terrorizing everybody at the playground.