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A Long Overdue Thank You

Eighth grade was the worst year of my life. I wrote about it in DEAR BULLY and never exaggerated a single point. I didn't have to. It really, truly, honestly SUCKED.

I would walk to school (alone) in absolute dread, knowing what waited for me behind those doors.

With no one to talk.

I would walk home (alone) on the verge of a daily nervous breakdown, agonizing over the mental brutality of the past few hours.

With no one to talk to.

Then one day I accidentally fell into step with somebody else walking home.

I didn't know her. We were in the same grade, but in none of the same classes.

She didn't seem to know how everyone hated me. Neither did she care, once she found out.

We looked alike. Brown hair, brown eyes, glasses, and braces. We could almost pass for sisters.

She talked a lot. She was loud and funny and kind-hearted and goofy. Her opinion of of my tormentors was simply this: screw 'em.

Easier said than done, of course. But suddenly...unbelievably...I had Someone On My Side.

Someone to talk to after months of talking to no one. Someone to laugh with. Someone to hang on the phone with. Somebody in my life who actually liked me and didn't give a single damn that nobody else did.

That someone was Pat. All these years later, guess what? We're still friends!

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Did I ever thank you, Pat?

THANK YOU!

You may very well have saved my life. xox

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ophelialaughs
Jun. 26th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
Wow. You really DO look like sisters.
onegrapeshy
Jun. 26th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
I know, don't we?!
lalam
Jun. 26th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
Inspiring!
Pat is a lovely lady and so lucky to have YOU as a friend. Those people who bullied you, I wonder what happened to THEM! hmmm????
kbaccellia
Jun. 26th, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Inspiring!
Wow, an amazing story!

Eighth grade to me always was suck city and I told myself if I could survive it, I could survive anything. So cool you were able to find something to be on your side during that difficult time of your life.
onegrapeshy
Jun. 26th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Inspiring!
I hope they're reading DEAR BULLY, lol.
onegrapeshy
Jun. 26th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Inspiring!
Eighth grade does seem to be the "magic" year for sucktitude.
Kim Van Sickler
Jun. 26th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
A long overdue thank you
I love that you're still good friends! Happy ending!
onegrapeshy
Jun. 26th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: A long overdue thank you
Yes! And she was my maid-of-honor (for which my sister has never forgiven me).
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onegrapeshy
Jun. 26th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
Funny you should say this--I actually thought of Luz while I was writing this. If things could've turned out a bit differently...
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