I will warn you.
This post is going to be "heavy."
Therefore, I'm starting on a light note.
Yes, this is my cat.
Yes, he's on my table.
Yes, he rules the house.
And yes, I don't always allow this from him!
Before you come to dinner, please be assured that I clean my table frequently!
Yesterday was anti-bullying day.
People were asked to wear purple.
I may be a day late,
but I feel the overwhelming need to address bullying.
Perhaps, one day, someone that is being bullied will happen to
come across my blog and know they are NOT alone.
I'm going to share some very personal details about myself.
This is not for pity.
I want you to know how you can overcome the bullies in your life.
I loved school! I was in as many activities (no sports, thank you) as I could be in.
I got a long with all of the crowds: the jocks, the books and the burnouts.
early on I was given a nickname.
Fatty Maddy, it was. (My maiden name is Maddy)
Isn't it just a lovely rhyming combination?
Oh yea. I was a size 12.
Due to the love of my family, I never let it get to me (well, not much).
Those of you that know me today, know how I'd love to be a size 12 again.
I am working on it but have lost A LOT of weight over the years,
only to end up back where I am.
I know why I'm where I'm at.
I know how to change it.
I'm hoping this time is the time that it works.
I was married for almost 20 years.
I was bullied in that relationship.
Being a mother saw me through those dark days.
I am the mother of two special needs children (by choice!).
My heart has broken a thousand times when they are crying because someone called them "stupid", "retarded" (a word that should be banned), or "dumb."
But I am uplifted by my children.
They are never afraid to go back to school,
to face those same people day in and day out.
I have witnessed a special education teacher refer to her students as
"They are dumber than a box of rocks."
I have heard her say, in regards to the same students,
"Why do we even bother, they'll never amount to anything."
We have all observed a parent bullying their child while out in public.
On the flip side, we have seen teenagers bullying their parents.
We have seen the impatience of society towards our elderly population.
Bullying does not begin or end with sexual orientation.
It's happens to just about everyone, in one form or another.
My plea is to have no more bullying, for any reason.
We all need to stand up to bullying.
We CAN stop it.
We must NOT tolerate it anymore!
We CAN make a change.
We must be willing to stand up to the bullies.
If you are being bullied, you are NOT alone!
There ARE MANY people that care.
Find someone you can trust.
You parents, teachers, religious leader, The Trevor Project.
Search online for help.
Call a hot line.
GOD is there for YOU.
GOD doesn't make mistakes.
YOU ARE A MIRACLE.
You ARE LOVED.
If need be, leave me a message on here, I WILL find a way to help you.
Bullies don't have to win.