Tuesday was one of the first nice days in a while so I finally took the kids to the playground for the first time in a long time. Usually I just let them run and do their own thing. My daughter found someone she knew so was playing with her friend. My little guy around by himself for a while and then I saw a couple of 10-11 year old boys approach him and ask him if he wanted to play pirates with them. He did. Immediately my guard went up, and I don't really know why. I didn't know the older boys but they seemed like nice kids. I've had girls come up to play with him at other playgrounds but somehow that seems fine, and this seemed strange. Again, I don't know why. I kept a closer watch on my son while he played with the older boys than I usually do.
In the end, nothing bad or weird ever happened. He had fun, and I left the playground wondering if I was being overly cautious and if so why?