Our youth mentors at The Dam are an incredible group of people. I am so blessed to be able to work with them every week, they inspire me with their compassion, empathy and living out Mother Teresa's words, "I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only love." It is a group of true rebels who are motivated by love!
Suzie gets picked up from school, she is 10 years old, she expresses frustration to her mom that Billy has been picking on her and today he pulled her pigtails. Suzie’s mom smiles and explains to Suzie that Billy might have a crush on her. Suzie’s mom isn’t worried. This is normal and the smile on her face is a signifier that we have long accepted this twisted reality. Suzie’s education is beginning, “Boys are stupid!” she might respond. The more accurate response however would be, “Boys are scared!”
Until that moment I had never felt good after losing a fight.
I used to have a bad temper. As a kid it was easy for older kids to antagonize and instigate me until I flew off the handle. This led to many fights and violent outbursts. The majority of my fighting took place between Grade 5 and Grade 10. It is one of the things about my childhood that I am most embarrassed about.