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Poetry Thursday: Two Little Heroes

It’s Thursday: time for poetry. Once again, I am participating in Pam’s Poetic Thursday over at Two Spoiled Cats.  Please visit Pam and her boys to read the poems submitted today.  Here’s the photo they provided us last week for inspiration:

And here is my poem:

Two Little Heroes

The little girl said, “Just look at him, he’s so very mean;
he’s the biggest bully I’ve ever seen.

Making fun of her and calling her names,
laughing at her when we play games.

It hurts my feelings when he makes her cry.
Why does he do it? Do you know why?”

“No, I don’t,” the boy replied. “It makes me sad,too.
Do you have a plan? What can we do?”

“I know!” said the girl. “Let’s just be her friend.
If the others do that too, the teasing might end.

Let’s stand up against him and show him he’s wrong.
If we do this together, we can be strong.”

“Yes,”  said the boy. “Let’s give that a try.
She shouldn’t be bullied just ’cause she’s shy.”

So the tables were turned on the bully that day,
and two brave children led the way.

They made a change in their corner of the world,
and life was better for one little girl.

If only.

~These Days Of Mine~

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Picked On

Thursday again. Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop again. This week’s chosen prompt:

4. Describe a time you saw someone getting picked on.

I witnessed a girl being picked on from the time I started school until I graduated.

“That girl” had always been very close to her mother and didn’t want to leave her mom to go to school. In the first grade (no kindergarten then), she cried every morning as she boarded the bus.  This earned her the nickname of “cry baby”.  The more the kids teased her, the more she cried. And the more they teased.

As the years went by, she didn’t cry as much. But the kids always seemed to find some reason to tease her. It began on the bus, but quickly spread to the classroom. Some of the bullies were younger than her, so the teasing continued through all of her school years. When she was in high school, one “imaginative” kid even composed a nasty chant, to be sung on the bus. I’m sure the victim, to this day, remembers every ugly word.

For some reason, the taunters were never reprimanded. Perhaps the teachers and bus driver never heard them? Perhaps they didn’t think the issue was important enough to address, even after she and her mom reported it to the school officials?

“That girl” was so fearful of being teased that, if called on in class,  she remained silent, most often knowing the answer. Receiving a poor grade was easier than being made fun of for the way she pronounced a word, or phrased a sentence.

Christmas break and summer vacations were heaven to her. She lived for weekends because she didn’t have to deal with being picked on at school or on the bus.

Thinking back to this time, I can completely understand why those who are bullied are sometimes driven to suicide, or to injuring or killing the ones who make their lives miserable. “That girl” once slammed a school book down on the head of one of the boys. Another time she dug her fingernails into his arm. That only added fuel to the fire.

I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that “that girl” was me.

In the years Motor Man and I have been together, he has taught me to stand up for myself and not to be intimidated.

 Oh, if only he’d ridden my school bus…..

Mama’s Losin’ It

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One of the reasons I enjoy blogging is all the new friends I’ve made out here in Blog-land.  Georgette Sullins is one such friend.  I hope you’ll visit her blog. Yesterday she surprised me with my second Versatile Blogger award. Thanks, Georgette!   Although I am concerned that all those nice things you said about me just might inflate my ego.

Now my task is to reveal seven things about myself, and to forward this award on to several other new (or newly discovered) bloggers.

Seven things about me not mentioned in previous posts:

1.  My hair wasn’t cut until the summer I was 7 years old.  This was my first grade picture. I was wearing a dress made by my mom, and sporting bangs also trimmed by my mom.

2.  I have 20 first cousins on my mom’s side of the family. (There were 23, but three have passed on in recent years.) 

3. I was a victim of bullying the entire twelve years I rode a school bus. Apparently before the senior bullies graduated and moved on, they taught the art of bullying to an underclassman or two. I can completely understand how those who are bullied can be driven to the point of violence.

4.  I took piano lessons for four years when I was a child, and, as an adult,  played the piano in  church for several years.

5 . I never learned to swim. Because my mom was afraid of the water. And instilled that fear in me.

6. I have worked as an executive secretary, a delivery driver, a retail sales clerk and a farm hand.

7. Re: my work history. I was in the clerical/secretarial world so long ago that I operated a Telex machine, a mimeograph, and a ditto machine. You’ll probably need to Google those, because I doubt you’re familiar with them. Suffice it to say: ancient technology.

And now, the Versatile Blogger rules require that I pass on this award to several other bloggers. I always hesitate to do this, not knowing how folks feel about blog awards. I’m always thrilled that someone thinks enough of my blog to nominate me. So I’m taking a chance and sending this award on to the following bloggers:

http://93percenttrue.wordpress.com/  –  I just discovered Jimmy’s blog last week. I think he found mine the day I was Freshly Pressed, and I followed the link he left with his comment.  I haven’t caught up on all his previous posts yet, but plan to do so soon.

http://mymemoryart.blogspot.com/  – I believe that Adrienne also discovered my blog on “Freshly Pressed day”.  She’s an amazing scrapbooker, and I love reading her posts.

http://www.swampbillyranch.com/ – I just discovered Debbie’s blog a couple of weeks ago. Now I’m a regular reader.

http://itsallaboutpurple-debbie.blogspot.com/ – Debbie has become a faithful reader and commenter on my blog. And I look forward to her posts!

http://www.thefarmersdaughter2.blogspot.com/ – I’ve been following Cheryl’s blog for quite some time. She writes about flowers, family, pets: all the things I’m interested in too!

Please take a minute to visit these folks. I promise their blogs will make you smile.

And thanks again, Georgette!