This morning I posted a message from a San Antonio boy named Andrew who was seeking advice on how to respond to bullying at school.
Later in the day, I received this very thoughtful response from Alan, who taught middle school for the longest tie. Here’s what he had to say to Andrew”
“When I was young I was straight acting and kept to myself. Great friends who never knew until years later. I was a swimmer and biker who got my frustrations of life out that way. But it was tough still. Years later as a middle school teacher…. Some boys over the years were “out” and whenever anyone of any “different” background was bullied …boys or girls… I stepped in. No one could hurt my students! I would tell this young man to talk with someone he trusts. Be proud of who you are and stay strong. When I was your age there wasn’t anyone I could talk to… But today you can seek out those who will listen and help. It really does get better! Remember.. YOU ARE important! Hope this helps…..”
Thanks so much Alan. Hopefully Andrew will read your message and act as you’ve suggested. I’m always amazed at how so many teachers understand kids and know how to talk to them in a language the kids will understand. It’s a gift.
It’s been a quiet day for me. After I ran my errands and shared lunch with my boyfriend, I took a nice three-mile walk on the beach for exercise. The sun shone and the breeze blew. The Gulf was turquoise in color. I worked on correspondence for a while, and now I’m freshly showered and ready for the evening. While my boyfriend studies, I’ll grill pork chops over charcoal, and then I’ll prepare mac & cheese and steamed yellow squash. Yummy!
Have a nice Tuesday evening, friends.