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Topic: Bullies (08/09/04)

TITLE: Four-eyed Freak
By Rachel Rossano
08/09/04

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“Four-eyed freak.” As much as I did not want to admit it, the words hurt. “Spider-eyes,” the twosome called as I walked away. It did not matter that the reference to eight made no sense, I still was mad. This was just the beginning of the negative attention I received while I attended grade school.

Looking back, I would have to say that I was a weird looking kid. Long curly blond hair that was always flying out of its barrettes and thick glass bottle-bottom glasses were just the start. As a missionary kid, I never was in fashion. I favored long skirts and spongy pink winter boots or scuffed dress shoes. During the bitter Michigan winters, I wore pants under my skirts at recess. On top of that, I talked too much. I would tell my life story to anyone who was long suffering enough to listen.

Knowing all this you might not find it very surprising that I attracted a pair of hecklers. Two boys that decided they wanted to get me mad. Day after day, they would follow me around the playground calling me names and singing, “I see London, I see France…,” every time I climbed the monkey bars. The few times that they approached to talk, the older boy would criticize my shoes. He had these beautiful new real leather shoes. My dirty black and worn gray girly shoes were not as good as his ‘real leather ones.’

Finally, I determined I had to do something about this harassment. After some prayer, I concluded that they were only doing this to me because they did not have any friends. Therefore, the next day, I set out to make some new friends. The recess bell rang and I set out to find them. Spotting them at the top of the hill near the building, I ran over and confronted the older boy. “I know what you are trying to do. You want me to cry. I just want you to know I am not going to and I am going to be nice to you instead. Do you want to go swing?” Surprisingly, they did. After only a couple of weeks, we were best pals spending almost every recess together for the rest of the school year. They quit commenting on my strange attire and distorting glasses. The Lord was gracious and blessed my awkward attempts at obeying Luke 6:27-28: “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

Not every situation is as easy to solve as the one I have just related. In the nearly two decades since those school days, I have repeatedly learned that the Lord blesses when you obey His command to love those that hurt you. I have experienced the peace that He gives in the midst of persecution and the strength only He can supply. If you keep your thoughts, prayers, heart focused on Him and His will, He will provide all that you will need no matter what the circumstances. He has promised He will never forsake you.


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Dori Knight08/16/04
wow! you were a self-possessed little girl! good for you! i enjoyed your story - thanks!
Marina Rojas08/16/04
This is a great example of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em"! I loved this, and really really hope that it's a true story, because it would be a great testimony to God's goodness to pushy women! (LOL)

I absolutely adored this story. This little girl would make a wonderful role model in Christian children's books--not perfect, not pretty, but full of Godly pushiness--kind of like a Christian Pippi Longstocking!

Thanks for the story!
Melanie Kerr 08/16/04
I am glad that the girl didn't try to change herself to fit in, but set out to change the boys by being a friend - very clever, very mature and very courageous.
Dian Moore08/16/04
Rachel, this story touched my heart. Missionary kids seem to have an extra-something, panache, I don't know what to call it. But they have the capacity to touch peoples lives everywhere they go. I, too, would like to see this as a story for children. Good job!
Lucian Thompson08/16/04
Rachel, this is very nicely done. I read it earlier in your Article Archives and loved it. Glad you submitted it for the writer’s challenge.
sue moreland08/16/04
You did a very good job of illustrating how a strong Christian should handle this problem and you did it without over stating it. It would make a very good childrens story.
darlene hight08/17/04
It's true not all problems are solved that easily but with children many times they are. It's the parents who often over react.
L.M. Lee08/18/04
great tale over confronting and overcoming evil with good.
Sheila Boyd08/19/04
Good story, excellent example of Being a doer of the Word and not a hearer only.
Karen O'Leary08/19/04
Wow!!! Such wisdom for one so young. Good story.
Henry Swart08/20/04
Great testimony.
Larry Hill08/21/04
My spirit and my heart have been humbled from experiencing this story. Thank you for sharing, you get my vote this week.
Deborah Anderson08/22/04
Good story with a good message. Thank you and God bless.