Anyway, as we were wandering the aisles at BB, enjoying the fact that for once the place was not jampacked with people and loud as a jet engine (must be a weekday thing), two strange things happened. First, a BB peopleguy came up and asked us if we needed help. Very shocking, as of course you're aware, getting peopleguys to assist you at BB is usually impossible. Again, must be a weekday thing.
The second strange thing was the question the guy asked the children: "Hey, shouldn't you be in school?"
This is the first time anyone has asked us about school since Ryan has been "officially" homeschooling.
I was a little surprised for a second, because I couldn't figure out why someone would ask us that. And then I recalled that it's Monday, Ryan is obviously school-aged (and many people would assume Morgan ought to be in school), and here we were, wandering down the movie aisles at Best Buy.
"Oh, we homeschool." I said.
Eyebrows. "Oh! Well, that's nice."
So then I asked him about Liberty's Kids, understanding that one ought to take advantage of the presence and attention of any Best Buy peopleguy--for they often disappear and never return--and he said, "Oh, that's educational, right?" As if suddenly he "understood" why we were there--then, big smile and super helpfulness. Because it's okay for us to be in Best Buy if we're looking for educational movies, isn't it?
All of this happened within 30 seconds. As he wandered off in search of his inventory computer, I had a moment to feel a bit...I don't know...slightly miffed, I guess. Not really irritated, because I understand that children-not-at-school-in-the-daylight-hours is still a new idea for most people. But a little bit irked that I would have to explain to anyone why my kids aren't in school. What if they had had doctor's appointments or some other perfectly excusable reason to be out of school? Why do grownups need to question children as to their present school status?
It was a little weird. And I know it's not the last time--I can only imagine we'll be getting more of these kinds of questions, particularly as Ryan gets taller!