On the bus today…
I sat next to a girl named Amanda.
She is a ‘special’ student at my school.
When I looked into her eyes after I sat down,
all I saw was fear.
Fear that I might be the next to bully her.
No one talks to her, and when they do all they do is call her names, swear at her, and much, much worse.
A kid yelled at me to put headphones in so I wouldn’t have to listen to her.
So I decided to talk to her…Show her kindness unlike all the others.
I introduced myself, shook her hand…
I learned that Amanda loves horses. She was so passionate about it…Quiet at first, but soon began to get into the conversation. The way she talked about them, the way she described them…It was inspiring.
But then she asked me a question. She looked me right in the eye and said, “Are all 8th graders mean?” I asked her what she meant. She replied, “I have met a lot of 8th graders, and whenever I do they are always mean.” I wanted to cry right then and there.
The look in her eyes was pain; pain and loneliness…As if not a single person on this Earth has had the decency to be kind to her. And I know that no one really has.
Why is it in this world EVERYONE wants to be special; we want to stand out,
But the SECOND ANYONE does something that not everyone is doing they are LABELED , and BULLIED ? As if being themselves is a CRIME .
Why is that when we are happy with our selves, someone has to come along to make us feel WORTHLESS.
Amanda had a horse who was 30 years old….She loved her, but they had to put the horse down. She said that her horse was dying, and she didn’t want her to have to suffer. She didn’t want her horse to live in pain.
But EVERY DAY Amanda is.
Whether or not she wants to admit it.
Even if she doesn’t admit it to herself.
I CAN TELL.
By looking in her eyes, I can see the pain, and the loneliness that is like a darkness you feel you can never leave.
Has someone ever considered to sit down and talk to her?
See how much passion she has for horses and for reading?
See how kind and sweet this 6th grader is?
Has anyone ever even TRIED to be kind to her?
Has anyone ever THOUGHT to even CARE?
No one has.
Why would they when it is so much easier to join in on the name calling and the harshness?
On the bus today….
I found that from today forward, I will defend her.
I found that today onward, I will defend anyone who is treated like they are nothing more than someone’s TOY . As if their life is MEANINGLESS.
On the bus today…
I met a sweet girl named Amanda, who loves horses.