Today's CC called for baked brown sugar, wild wasabi and melon mambo. I'm not sure what colors these are but I picked what I thought was close.
My card tells a story ... a sad story about kids bullying kids. Social media has made us painfully aware that this is going on in epidemic proportions, sometimes causing fatal results.
My cousin Tess has three children. Sadly, all three have learning disabilities d/t problems that occurred at their births. They are now 15, 12 and 10. A couple weeks ago, Tess told me that the kids are being laughed at and called names (bullied) by their school mates. All three are upset, sad and have cried about it. They tell her over and over that all the other kids are smarter, prettier, richer, cooler and everything they think they are not. Tess keeps reinforcing the positive in each of them. She tells them that it is okay to be different and that they have to work a little harder and be a little stronger than some of the other kids, which they are and they do. She has also been telling them that it is okay to not be like everyone else and that each person is "special" and should be who they are and not try to be like everybody else. I know they "hear" her but they "listen" to the bullying words and those are the words that "stick" in their minds and crush their spirits. I know it breaks their hearts, Tess' heart and it broke mine to hear about it.
reminded me of their struggle. I know her kids don't actually laugh at the other kids, even though the other kids laugh at them. BUT I think Ginger's words speak loudly about what they've been going through. I pray for them every day and I pray that the other kids will stop bullying them. (Tess has talked to the teachers and the principals at their schools. Some of the kids that bully them the most have been talked to but it continues.)
Thank you for looking today. I hope that if there is anyone (child or adult) in your life who is bullied, that you will reassure them and love them a little more. :)
Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 GMT Views: 1041
Registered: May 31, 2009 Location: East Tennessee enjoying the mountain views Posts: 31988
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 @ 8:14 AM
WOW !! Gabby, what an inspirational story and great message. Bullying is a major issue and it is sad that the parents of the ones who are bullying sometimes take a deaf ear... I love the spirit behind your card and hope that each day will bring us to a stop of the unnecessary bullying. Hugs and prayers for your cousin's family... Oh btw, cute card and I do love that sentiment.. It is perfect
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Tue, Oct 29, 2013 @ 11:49 AM
How thought provoking.....and how sad for Tess and her kids. Growing up is so much more painful for some than others. I went to 11 different schools in 12 years, and was the "new kid". Hard to fit in when you are not the same. Good for you, passing this along. I love your card.