Today, the girls are wearing our purple to show support for the all of our friends who are different. I am reflecting today on my high school years and it makes me kinda of sad. Although I was never on the receiving end of teasing or bullying, I was on the giving end. I was caught up in all that. I did bully those who were "weird" or "different," "nerdy" or "strange." I was a mean girl. Ugh, I feel terrible about it now. I used quotation marks on those sterotypes, because they are just that... Stereotypes. They don't define that person. I'm sure that I would like most of the people I wasn't very nice to back then, if I met them today.
I teased those that were a little bit odd in my eyes. However, I NEVER once bullied someone for being gay. Not once. Ever.
Not that excuses my bulling of other people, but I do feel good about that.
I hope to raise my beautiful girls to accept everyone for who they are, not what other people say they are. I hope that my girls will never be on the receiving or giving end of any bullying or teasing. I hope they will be confident enough to be the one that stands up and stops the bully. I hope they love everyone. I hope they are better than me. I want them to be nice girls.
We love our friends who are gay. Like, beyond love. They are some of the best people I have ever met. And I am crushed by the thought that anyone would ever tease or bully them for being who they are. So, today I am saying that teasing in this household stops with me.
And you can quote me on that.