Okay. You have to see this.
For those who haven’t yet, here’s a photo of one little five-year old’s fantastic Halloween costume along with his mom’s commentary about what he was subjected to for choosing to wear it this year. It’ll make you both gnash your teeth and cheer. This cop’s wife at Nerdy Apple Bottom is my new idol, my hero, my role model for everything honorable, loving, and courageous.
And I adore her son. He totally, totally rocks.
The story she tells is particularly insightful for the fact that she’s identifying and naming bullying at it’s very earliest stages. And…surprise! As always, it starts with the adults. In her words:
“But it also was heartbreaking to me that my sweet, kind-hearted five year old was right to be worried. He knew that there were people like A, B, and C. [Editor’s note: A, B, and C are other mothers at the preschool.] And he, at 5, was concerned about how they would perceive him and what would happen to him.
Just as it was heartbreaking to those parents that have lost their children recently due to bullying. IT IS NOT OK TO BULLY. Even if you wrap it up in a bow and call it ‘concern.’ Those women were trying to bully me. And my son. MY son.”
I think this is what the source…the spring, the headwaters…of bullying looks like, how it appears right as it first starts seeping up out of the ground. It’s well worth studying because it’s so much easier to stop it at this stage than it is after the kids pick it up.
And bravo Nerdy Apple Bottom!! As you can tell by now, most of us out here are far more eager to celebrate your son than judge him in any way but the best. I have no doubt that, with a mom like you behind him, the man he eventually grows into will be outstanding and a gift to us all. Thanks for this!
copyright 2010 Dia Osborn
Thanks for bringing this one to my attention. I hadn’t seen it. Just reading the comments was enlightening. Made me want to jump into the fray and bray at the one who’s worried about pedophiles…. ahhhh.
I spent a half hour reading comments and was thrilled that there were only a couple negative ones. The vast majority were supportive and loving…it’s amazing how deeply this post is moving people!
I wish I had a mom like his….
my mom was a bitter old devil at times
nice blog choice dia
Well John, somehow you grew up into an honorable, outstanding mensch of a man anyway. All of us who are hooked on your blog look at you as a great gift y’know. 🙂