Will You Join Team Bullied?

Will You Join Team Bullied?

Me at 3.  How awesome are those red shoes?

All through grade school and high school I was bullied.  I guess I could list the "usual" reasons why I was bullied.  I was an only child and I was small for my age.  I was scared and cried easily when I was picked on, but there were other factors involved, too.

My mother didn't allow me to bathe for several weeks.  I washed my hair maybe once a year.  I was not allowed to wear clean clothes or deodorant.  Even adding those factors to the mix, I don't think you can imagine what I went through.

Me at 6 with "Lady."  Apparently I didn't own a mirror at this time.  Good thing this photo is in B&W!  Those plaids together will make you dizzy!

Over the years the name calling escalated into physical violence.  I was pushed off a five foot porch.  I was able to break my fall somehow and I wasn't injured.  I was physically attacked on the bus coming home from school.  I knew then that I might die if this kept up.

I called the police and they notified my school.  I was never bothered again.  It took years for me to truly recover.

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Yes, the little girl in the pictures is smiling.

Me in High School

Even in my high school picture, I managed to smile.  Despite my home life and the bullying, the Lord blessed me with a happy outlook.

It was a long time ago.  It shouldn't still hurt.  But maybe my smile and the life I lead now, is the best revenge.

Let's stop this nonsense once and for all!  If you know a child who's being bullied, by all means speak up!  And if you know a child who IS the bully, let others know, so that child can be stopped and their life turned around.

Please join Team Bullied and learn all you can!

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