August 1, 2015
I’m shaking my head (smh). I’ve been socially illiterate for some time now, so pardon me if I seem a bit naïve. I was at a party this evening in which there were adults ranging from 30 to 70 years of age. Now, I’ve been around adults for some time now. However, it is only recently that I have socialized with the thirty-something set. And from what I experienced tonight, I am reluctant to ever do so again.
Ok, adults all talk a little shit about people, places, and things. This person pissed me off at the grocery store because he had 15 items in the 10 item or less line. Or, that person flipped me off because I was going too slow in the fast lane, kind of thing. However, the young couple I ran into this evening chimed in with something new: making fun of people because they are “ugly”. Seriously? Are we back in middle school?
I am used to 12 and 13 year old girls laughing at people they deem ugly. But 30 year olds? No, I just cannot accept that. I work my hardest to try and keep my students from making fun of each other. Now however, I find I am fighting a losing battle. I say this because it is the parents who teach these vile behaviors to their children.
For the life of me, I cannot understand what would make a grown adult make fun of another human being for being ‘ugly’. And to do it in front of their children? Disgusting. Is this really the world we want to live in? Is this really the lessons we want to be teaching our children. Please, please tell me no.
This evening as I sat listening to grown adults making fun of a lady who works at the local grocery story because she is ‘ugly’, I had to speak up. It was as if I was in my classroom listening to a bunch of 7th graders. I guess I’m just so used to that sort of banter that it took me a minute to realize I was listening to adults.
“No wonder I have such a hard time keeping my students from making fun of each other. They get it from their parents!” I spoke out. The offending adults stopped talking and after a few seconds of awkward silence, polite conversation continued.
The offending couple may never see this. However, I want them to know that when their child comes to my classroom, I will protect his feelings as though I am his mother. I will go out of my way to make sure no one in my classroom calls him names that would hurt his feelings. After all, I am a mother and it would hurt my heart to know that someone was making fun of my child. You know, just like the mother of the girl you were making fun of. smh. Peace, ~v.