So I have written here before about the difficulty of parenting in Mass and also the lack of fellowship at our church, well those two issues are coming to a head. There is a school associated with our parish and, for whatever reason, the gates surrounding the playground are always locked(they opened it once just before RE started in late summer in a deceitful way to trick parents and children alike(hyperbole there, but it still happened.))
So Sunday, fed up with lack of fellowship and after discussing with my wife for several weeks why on earth there is a playground that no one is allowed to use on Sunday, I asked the RE teacher if the students could use it. She said something about recent construction on the fence and curiously ended with “it’s just an hour”. “ok” and I walked away. I always assumed it was something from the school and liability or whatever, so her answer seemed weird.
Anyways she emailed Tuesday and asked why I was interested in taking students to the playground. I explained that kids like playgrounds and parents are able to talk and fellowship during that time, etc. She is a grandma, ie. not childless, so this is perplexing why I should have to explain this; just trying not to assume anything on my part. It did occur to me that she could have thought I meant my class during RE, which would be odd.
Honestly, the liability issue cannot be it as I am sure some type of wavier would take care of that. I would guess it is just some grumpy teachers who don’t want others using the playground. Maybe someone who donates to the school doesn’t want to ‘pay for the whole parish’ to use it. The parish raises a good deal of money for the school by the way; though we use their classrooms for RE.
To close, I haven’t heard back but I am guessing this could get confrontational at some point so just posting for advice on how to proceed as it happens.