I have gone to a snowboarding camp and bonded with the instructor (he is male, straight, I am male, straight)and we began hanging out on occasion. He is like my mentor, almost like an older brother. I have an abnormal intelligence level (i.e. high IQ, people say talking to me is like talking to a 35 year old). I enjoy his company simply because he is more intelligent than the large majority of people my age (kind of obvious). He recently offered me a job in which I would help him around his shop (he customizes cars, motorcycles etc). I want to work with him but my mom is a little paranoid. She says she doesn't think he is a pedophile (she's met him) but thinks it's odd that I hang out with him. Is it normal for me to do this and my mom to think this way?