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The Memories From One Act of Kindness Can Last a Lifetime

Over 30 years have passed, since this particular act of kindness was shown toward me, yet I can still clearly remember what happened and remain deeply thankful to the person who helped the little boy that I once was.

I was an eight year old school boy, a bright but shy and skinny lad with not much confidence at all. The opposite of me was Frank (not his real name) who was an over confident 8 year old lad with piercing blue eyes that didn’t seem to blink as often as they should. He was a bit ‘starey,’ you know? Sort canada goose outlet new york of Starey scarey. I knew that some of my friends were frightened of him. He swore sometimes, even had sworn at a teacher once, and had been escorted out of class many times for being a nuisance. Frank had a bit of a reputation for being ‘fierce’ and he wouldn’t hesitate to punch a fellow pupil if they upset him in some way, leaving them with a dead arm or leg.

canada goose coats on sale My first proper memory of Frank was when he was watching me as my mum walked me into school one morning. He didn’t say anything then, but later in the day I was standing in a queue and I heard snickering behind me. I turned around to see Frank and some of his cronies looking at me with smiles on their canada goose outlet montreal faces. canada goose coats on sale

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cheap Canada Goose I didn’t know what to say, but felt a mixture of hurt in my heart at the insult to my mum canada goose outlet uk sale and fear at what might happen next. cheap Canada Goose

«I said your mum is a witch, a ginger bitch, freckly witch.»

cheap canada goose uk He laughed, his friends laughed and I burned inside with shame and embarrassment. I burned but did nothing, because I was too afraid. cheap canada goose uk

I told my dad, an ex military man, about this when I got home and was advised to meet hostile fire with hostile fire. Mum said to just ignore Frank, but dad counseled a far different strategy.

canada goose uk shop «Punch him as hard as canada goose outlet legit you can right on his nose. That’ll sort him,» my dad advised. canada goose uk shop

I didn’t follow my Father’s advice though, I just avoided Frank and his daily insulting comments as best I could in what was canada goose outlet online reviews a relatively small school.

canada goose Some months after this, I was playing in the sunshine on a school field during lunch break. I can’t remember what us boys were all playing, probably a chase game, maybe it was football. What I do remember though is feeling afraid again because I noticed that Frank was staring at me with those eyes. canada goose

I turned away from him and tried to carry on playing but I knew that something was about to happen. I was right. Frank had obviously decided to make the move from verbal to physical abuse. The next thing I had been grabbed and tripped up on the grass. The other boys I was with had stopped playing and were watching as I stood back up and then Frank tripped me up again. He didn’t say anything, not even buy canada goose uk a word, he just looked really angry, and when I tried to get up again, he swung me round and round and then let me go.

The impact as I crashed into the ground knocked the wind out of me and I could feel tears coming even though I was trying to hold them in. Frank then grabbed my hair and spat right into my face. I went to stand again and he kicked my legs and tripped me once more. By then I was crying in shame.

As Frank went to grab me again, one of the boys I had played with, but did not know that well, Steven (his real name), stood in Frank’s way and said «That’s enough. Leave him alone.»

canada goose black friday sale Frank told him to get lost and pushed him, but Steven held firm and would not get out of his way. canada goose black friday sale

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I don’t know exactly why Frank stopped acting up, maybe he was put off by Steven’s canada goose outlet jackets commitment to protect me. Who knows? What I do know, and will never forget, is that Steven had helped me when I really needed someone to help. He stood up for a young, frightened boy that was being bullied, risked himself, and made what was a bad situation, better. When Frank walked away, Steven helped me off of the grass and smiled at me as I thanked him.

Frank continued to make comments to me after the incident on the field for many weeks but he never got violent again. Not with me anyway. He had a few fights in the playground with other boys and eventually he was expelled and went to another school.

uk canada goose About ten years ago, I looked both Frank and Steven up on Facebook and the Friends Reunited website. In a way I felt happy for him but also felt that old but still there canada goose coats uk bitterness you might feel towards someone who has hurt you in the past. uk canada goose

Steven, however, did not seem so happy.

His profile, with no photo, simply said.»working in a dead end job, living in a dead end street in a dead end town.»

I messaged Steven, https://www.canadagoosessale.org more than once, to ask how he was etc but he never replied. A shared friend of ours from school said cheap canada goose jacket he had also never replied to any of her messages.

So, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you Steven for standing up for me and helping me to cope with bullying. You probably don’t even remember what happened way back then canada goose outlet factory and, most likely, you’ll never see what I have written here. But I’ll never forget what you did for me that day and I hope you are okay, wherever you are. Thank you so much.

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