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Were you ever mean to other kids when you were a child?
–Buckling Under Large Loads of Incredibly Evil Salamanders
Yes, yes I was. I remember once the whole class was pretending to “sanitize” some items this one girl had touched. Cootie control, I guess. I went right along with it. I had nothing against the girl in question. I was just glad it wasn’t me. I was just a little kid… nine years old.
Another time, in Junior High, I made a cruel remark to a girl who had said something friendly to me in the stairwell. She wasn’t well liked but since I wasn’t generally a mean kid, she must have thought I was safe to talk to. I
don’t remember what I said, but I remember clearly, with much
shame, the expression on her face: hurt and disappointment mixed
with resignation, like she thought she should have known better.
For the last week, some kids have been mean to my daughter. She’s always been a happy and popular kid, so this is new to her, and somewhat shocking. They are just little girls, nine years old. I hope that someday they remember her hurt expression with regret.