It would seem that everyone, and I mean, EVERYONE, is talking about bullying! I don’t see it as hype per se but I do see it as a heightened state of awareness for many of us now.
All this talk about bullying reminds me of the junk I went through growing up.
As I wrote in my book, I was 11 years old when I was getting more interested in local affairs and current news events rather than the stuff my classmates were into. I was probably one of a few 11-year-old’s who actually watched “The State of the Union” address. And let’s not mention the fact that I was actually keeping an eye on the stock market, even though I mis-pronounced for the longest time “Dow Jones” as “Doh Jones.”
What can I say, I was different! But, different didn’t make friends. Having a somewhat eccentric disposition often had its challenges. Making friends was a challenge. Relating to people was a challenge. Being the not so cool kid was a challenge.
So, I did as much as I could to stay under the radar as much as possible. Unfortunately, the way I sounded (nasally, because of my allergies half the time) and the fact I wore glasses that I am pretty sure were thicker than the Hubble Space Telescope made me a prime target. All I was missing was a sleeveless sweater vest (which I probably DID wear once) and a snooty rick-kid attitude (a kind of alter-ego that I had for the longest time, but, didn’t let go public TOO much).
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