Ava Grace's Closet: On This Wednesday We Wear Pink

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

On This Wednesday We Wear Pink

I had a different post in mind for today, until Ava reminded me that it was pink day. 
Today, in a show of solidarity against bullying, she and all of her classmates, their entire school and every other school across the country wears pink.
I was bullied something fierce in 5th grade.
My "best friend" and I had had an insignificant argument about what I remember to be a card game.
She and another friend took sides against me and took it upon themselves to torture me day in and day out.
They would tell me they were going to wait for me after school.
They told me they would kill me.
I got sick. Really sick.
Well, sick enough to not go to school for days on end.

My mother couldn't figure out what was wrong with me.
I complained of constant stomach aches that miraculously went away the moment she told me I couldn't go to school that day.
And just as miraculously reappeared the very next morning.
This went on for some time.
Doctor's visits couldn't get to the bottom of it - since of course, there was nothing physically wrong with me. 

My 9 year old self just couldn't bring myself to tell my parents what was going on.
Until they became desperate - and took me downtown to Sick Kids.
I swear I can almost remember the doctor's face, even now.
She was a female doctor and she was kind.
She figured out something was wrong - and she knew it had nothing to do with my being ill.
I remember her asking me if I was afraid to go to school.
And I remember her bringing my parents in to tell them.

And then I just remember my mother seeing red.

To this day, it is the single most important thing she has ever done for me.
She marched me into that school the very next day.
She looked for my bullies.
I won't tell you what she did then but will say that today, it probably wouldn't go over so well.
She pulled me out of school.
And had me in a new one that afternoon.

My immigrant, broken-english speaking, older than all the others moms in the playground mom, knew what to do.
I can only hope to be half the mother she was.
And bullies? I have no time for them.
I am the fiercest mama bear you have ever seen.
And yes, I admit it, there is a boy out there right now who still looks down when I drive by.
He chose to pick on the wrong second grade boy when he was in seventh grade.
Pretty sure he'll never do that again.
#wear pink


  1. bullying breaks my heart and I love days like this. I also love the benches they've been putting in some schools for kids who need someone to sit with.
    Kudos to your mom, let me tell you the heck I will raise if someone bullies my kids (or if I find out they're bullying).

    Simply Shaunacey

  2. finally the world is standing up to bullies, for far to long, to many have quietly stood by.

  3. Dearest Susan,
    Oh, your Mama was and sure still is a fierce Mama with a BIG heart and protecting her family like a sacred thing.
    When I was only in Kindergarden, I had to wear an eye patch (my Mom found me very pitiful looking when I was 1-½ years old and having to wear one, so she took it off!) for trying to correct my lazy eye. It didn't work out... should have been done as early as possible but without any information given to the parents at that time, how would my Mom know?! Sad fact is that I only can use one eye as the signals from the eye to the brain and back had not been established at the very critical early age...
    But kids were so rude at that time, also because I wore glasses (silly looking ones) they constantly on the playground yelled at me: 'SCHELE'! Which is the Dutch word for someone looking askance... Nobody ever helped me and as the result I hardly looked up, very shy and timid and just hiding and being by myself. So I know that feeling too well!
    Good thing that nowadays there is more attention to it, even though a sad fact that several teens have taken their lives because of such incidents.
    Good for your Mom and good for you for standing up for the kids.
    Hugs and happy weekend!


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