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Monday, March 26, 2007

Where are they now?

I recently read this post from one of my favorite bloggers over at ClubMom. And I can't stop thinking about it! I can't help but wonder where are these people today? Where is Kate from elementary school that was my best friend until 4th grade and then I did nothing but pick on her? Where is Justin from 6th grade that came to school with bruises? What have they made of their lives? What could I have done to help them instead of make them squirm in their seats?

And most of all...what if my kids become them? What if da Boo sits all alone at lunch? What if the Boy never gets invited over for playdates? What I can tell my kids to help the tears? What did their parents tell them and did it help?


Kristie said...

Lots of deep, interesting thoughts today!! Sometimes I wonder what happened to people that I knew, but usually I just wonder what became of my friends!!!

Debi said...

Yes, this is a very serious problem and well worth thinking about... Aaron was a bright and cheery boy in elementary school, and well loved by everyone....but in Junior High there were some kids who picked on him, called him "gay," and generally made his life miserable for awhile because he was little, skinny, and had a funny sounding voice. We talked about it sometimes. It always made him sad but by talking about the "whys" and talking about ways to respond, I think he recovered pretty well. High school was kinder to him...everyone thought he was a smart Doogie Houser type and the girls thought he was cute (like a little brother). In college he wrote some English papers that discussed the Jr. High problems because it affected him. I think any good psychiatrist would say he had a pretty healthy self image in spite of it. This is a good reason to start teaching your kids NOW not to really worry too much about what anyone says about them one way or the other.

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