Participants: Michael & Ernst; Volunteering; Parenting; Support; Privilege
Tara: What was the volunteering like for you?
Michael: I don't know, it seems to me entirely normal - I hate that word but it’s sort of uneventful in a sense
Ernst: I think we did what we feel and thought we should have done as parents and I you know I the whole look of parenting is changing and I feel that some parents might not feel that responsible to do all those things for example like volunteering all the time - cause everyone’s busy. And I think we were very mindful when we decided to have a family and that we have children, to be with the children and to do things for the children. So I don’t think what Michael and I are doing is any more than what was always done, but we do those things. We don't just say we are not going to do that and we take them on because we want to do them. And the kids are …so the school system has always supported everything we’ve done and we’ve supported everything they’ve done and we’ve never at least to my knowledge never had anyone really make us or our children feel odd.
Michael: Not that we know of you know, I mean you know, you never really know when kids are at school if they are dealing with that kids don't want to protect us from so that may happen and that’s normal and if something did come up and we did need to know about it I'm sure we would have. And these things can work themselves out without us being involved too. I still think from our perspective, I don't know if you agree, but from our perspective, it’s far more challenging having seen people who are poor. I mean poverty and racial issues are LGBT issues like they are intertwined obviously. But those are the bigger challenges in many ways for kids in schools.
Tara: Right very interesting.
Michael: From our perspective only.