ok those of you who know me, know that i love kids. i have my teaching certificate, i worked in children’s ministry both as a volunteer and on paid staff, i’ve done public speaking in elementary schools, i’m a pseudo-“auntie” to at least a dozen kids…
but. i had strong feelings of animosity toward three particular 2nd graders today. strong strong strong.
i was on the city bus (which ended up being such an inconvenience, i am so driving to work from now on) and when i walked on, these kids were sitting in the first available seat. loudly, this one girl sneered…
ew, a midget, don’t let her sit by me…
now normally, understand i am not the least bit sensitive. i’m used to stares and questions and kids being weirded out at first, then becoming their best friend. but i could already feel the vibes from these girls were not the typical curious/confused/never-seen-a-little-person vibes. they just weren’t. they were snotty and mean vibes.
and the only available seat was next to them. so i sat down, although kinda feeling like a 2nd grader myself entering the land of the bullies. shrug it off jen, i thought, are you gonna let a bunch of kids bother you?
when out of their mouths no sooner was,
the worst thing in the world to be is a midget. midgets are bad. i’m glad i’m not an ugly little midget.
i kinda wanted to deck all 3 of them, but i didn’t. but seriously, there’s a difference between being curious, fascinated or a bit timid around someone who’s different than you and being a rudey-attitudey.
and these 3 were the latter.
thanks for letting me vent!