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Adam met her as scheduled and he said that they seemed to hit
it off quite well. During that Friday night, Adam introduced her
to us and she was quite pleasant and very attractive. We were
leaving from the game to spend the weekend at our mountain home
and Adam bid her good night and said he would see her on Monday.
It was a good weekend for all of us.
At dinner on Monday evening, Adam said she treated him as though
he was infected with some deadly disease at school that day. Since
she had transferred in from another school, we can only guess
that someone told her of Adam's previous reputation. Since she
was a freshman, she obviously did not want to risk her reputation
by being associated with Adam.
Two weeks later came one of the worst days of our lives as parents.
Patti and I were sitting at the school football game and noticed
that Adam was just hanging around by himself. At one point, he
sat with some boys he knew from church, and after about a minute,
they all got up and left. There was Adam sitting by himself as
if he didn't know what to do or where to go next. And we were
there witnessing this from a front row seat. Seeing your child
rejected right before your eyes is something no parent wants to
see. We wanted to cry.
How do you comfort a teenager through this kind of rejection?
What do you say? What do you do?
Life does move on, thank God, whether we want it to or not.
Because he was rejected and made to feel like an outcast, Adam
spent a great deal of time with us. As parents, we really did
enjoy our time with him but felt it came at the expense of creating
friendships with kids his own age.
Adam was in the "gifted" program at school. By the winter of
the ninth grade, Adam finally found a group of friends that were
high achievers like him. They were all involved in plays and chorus
and advanced classes. They were talented and creative. This was
exactly what Adam had been looking for and he began to flourish
within this group of like minds. As parents, we rejoiced. Adam
had found himself at last.
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