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.
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.
Yes, the little girl in the pictures is smiling.
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.
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