Tough Enough
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johnchangjust a man discovering his superpowers
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Tough Enough

by johnchang

When I was young, newly arrived in this country..

My parents tried using our relatives address..

So I could go to a better school in a better district..

But I didn't know this and one day..

The school secretary asked me for our address..

She tried to correct me but I insisted she was wrong..

Embarrassed, my parents took me home..

And I was moved to a school in our rougher neighborhood..

The next day a tough kid, smaller than me..

Saw how I was weak and struck.

I was in shock - why did he attack? What had I done?

Nothing, of course.

Bullies attack the weak.

They're just playing out the natural order of things.

Later, that night my parents blamed me..

"Disgraceful.. letting someone smaller pick on you!"

So, I numbed my feelings..

When I saw the kid again, I tried to run..

But it didn't matter, of course..

He caught me, and continued to harass me..

Because I was weak and different.

And he was strong and more like everyone else.

Years later, a girl shared her tearful story of being..

Different..

I understood what she felt.. but I showed nothing..

Because now I was strong enough..

..or maybe I just felt nothing.

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a year agoReply
@penny - I wish that I could say that it felt amazing at the time. While our childhood can be bright and full of "Wonder Years," there are plenty of dark corners and moments full of terror as well.

pennySilver CommaI live for life
a year agoReply
woww did this happen to you :( amazing story

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a year agoReply
Thanks @bernardtwindwil - it was painful to dredge up these memories. But this just felt like a good time to share the high price we all pay.

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
a year agoReply
There aren't enough superlatives for this story. I think this message has to go out to every kid that has ever been bullied. I have such a soft spot for the bullied. I hated bullies and I still do.