School Daze


I got one of those email forwards – you probably have one in your inbox right now – that ultimately asked for prayers for the leader of this country, regardless of political affiliation. The preamble is what got my attention though:

“Try to imagine yourself in this man’s shoes, being verbally assaulted with hatred and venom on a daily basis at his job. Try to imagine if you did the very best you knew how to do, and STILL, you were despised and hated without reason. How would you feel? How would you be able to function on a daily basis at your job? How would you feel every time you went out in public, knowing that people despised you and there was nothing you could do to change their minds?”

I thought they were describing me in junior high!

I’ve always known why overweight children become overachieving adults – they’ve lived through the worst, and it’s prepared them for anything – those that survive the daily humiliations, commonly referred to as “school”, are literally prepared for anything, and able to succeed under conditions that are not tolerable under the Genova Convention.

Just to add to the “school daze” theme, there’s a new study out that found that “overweight” children are more likely to be teased than non-“overweight” children, and that weight prejudice begins pre-age seven. Wow, what a shock.

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2 responses to “School Daze”

  1. amykate says:

    Wow! What a shock indeed! You really hit the nail on the head. I too, was teased at no end in school – you were right that it definately makes you stronger as an adult. If you can survive the cruelty of insecure children – you can survive a heck of a lot more. Thanks Gina

  2. Gina says:

    Thanks, AmyKate – I’m sure there are a lot of us out there. I also know that everyone is teased for something – bird legs, four eyes, acne, straight hair, curly hair, etc – but there’s something extra special nasty about weight related comments, and those that make them.