There is no denying that bullying is at an all time high. Obviously by now you might know I am from Mass, and the Phoebe Prince story which touched so many across the world is a story written here in Mass, which should have never been written in the first place.
There are millions of children all around the world that are picked on, treated badly, beaten up or just plain old left out of everything. It is a sad world today. There is no peace even in elementary school.
Dumbledore said to Nevile "There are all kinds of courage, It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends."
He is right. No matter who they are to you, you need to do the right thing. Sometimes with a heavy heart. To me this also means never ever stand alone. Treat people as you would want to be treated. Help everyone. Love everyone. Be there for everyone. No matter how they hurt you, turn, smile and show them your courage and forgiveness. Neville forgave his friend Hermoine for turning him into stone. After he stood up for what he believed.
So here I am posting about bullying. We have all heard it before yes. But this is something different. I want to share a story that Mr. Reardon (my son's principle)shared with all us parents.
There was a child on the first day of school who came to him and said "Mr Reardon I am going to work my hardest on winning an award. I want a trophy!" That child worked all year for his trophy. He helped the special needs children on and off the bus. Helped the sports kids clean up their soccer balls. Showed a new student to their locker room and around school all day. Helped the secretary clean her office. Helped the principle himself do many things. Helped the lunch ladies and the janitor. Helped teachers and the nurse. Always had a smile for everyone no matter how much he was picked on or left out. He earned the Jack Wyatt Kindness Award.
That child was my son. My beautiful handsome wonderful caring son Robert.
In a day when children are mean he shined through all the bad words, shoving and jokes. He gave everyone he saw a smile, hello and a hand. His name will forever be in the case at school for all those to see. When his sister goes there I hope she shows and shares her brothers story. This is a story to be shared.
I normally do not pat myself on the back, I actually don't find my mothering that much of a deal. However I raised this little man. I made him who he is. And I am very VERY proud of what he received and EARNED.
Maybe some of those bullies should listen to this smiling child.
Much Thoughts For All Denise <3