This post is dedicated to Doodlemum and her daughter, Millie.
Dianne, over at Schmidleysscribbling gave me the Sunshine Award (thank you, Dianne).
I mention it because of the reason she gave for nominating me:
She [me, Tilly] is the kid I loved in school because I was a “goody-two shoes” and she was the kid always into mischief and making me laugh.
I apologise, Dianne but, like John Lennon, I’m going to have to return my award, though I like that you think I have always been this way.
Because…I was not that girl in school.
I was an even goodier-two shoes than you. I was never into mischief; I never deliberately put a foot wrong, challenged a teacher, disobeyed a rule, got into an argument. I was a terrified mouse, bullied by some, protected by kind others – big, tough girls who were nice to me.
I was more fortunate than Amanda Todd, 15, who was found dead last week, possibly by suicide, after posting a You Tube video describing her torment.
Haters are now leaving horrible messages on her memorial page. I just don’t understand the need for such malice.
A belated ‘thank you’ to the girls who looked after me. You made the hell that was my school life a little easier to bear. And my choice of husband easy – he was you with a beard: big (shouldered), tough and always there for me, protecting and looking out for me.
Thinking about this made me wonder, readers: how many of you are still the people you were at school?
If you were a bully, I forgive you.