I'm so angry about what happened this morning.
I had been invited to come along to my grandson's nursery to watch him and all the other kids take part in the nativity play. It was something I'd looked forward to and I'd arranged with the lady who runs the nursery that I'd bring in some mince pies for the other parents and some gingerbread men for the kiddies.
So I turn up there with the food, as promised, and proudly sit down and prepare my camcorder for the show.
So a few minutes later the curtains are drawn back and the show starts.
I see all the children dressed up all nicely and so everything looks like it's going to go well, then I see the baby 'Jesus'. To my absolute horror I saw that they'd decided on using a BLACK doll as the baby Jesus!
I felt like getting up and stopping the whole thing but I looked at all the smiling children and I just couldn't do it, so I decided to wait till afterwards and then ask the staff what on earth was going through their minds!?
So I sat through the production but was paying zero attention to it. All I could think of was what had happened and how I could deal with it. I didn't film any of it, nor take any photos, I just couldn't focus on the nativity, the whole thing was already spoilt.
So as soon as the production was finished I went straight to the lady in charge and told her that it was totally inappropriate to bring race into an event like this, but she predictably said how "there's a few coloured children in the play and so we didn't want to offend them or their parents"
I didn't want to cause a scene, so I just left. I left the gingerbread men for the children (can't blame the kids) but took all the mince pies home and put them in the freezer. It annoyed me that none of the other parents/grandparents decided to take up the issue so I wasn't prepared to let them enjoy my mince pies that I'd brought in especially.
It's just political correctness showing it's ugly head again - I swear that when his mum comes to collect him from me after she's finished work tonight I'm going to tell her exactly what's happened and tell her we must find him a better nursery. This is the second time they've angered me in a very short space of time.
Anyway does everyone think I did the right thing in leaving rather than arguing about it? Part of me wishes I'd stayed and discussed it through properly, but I just knew it wasn't worth it because these people are just living in their own little worlds.