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Topic: Bullies (08/09/04)

TITLE: Confessions of a Black-Eyed Bully
By Kay Brown
08/09/04

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I have a black eye. Curiously, I am bigger, louder and presumably smarter than the wild gang I confronted yesterday. Righteously angry and justifiably filled with unquenchable rage, my rampage against a group of six formidable thugs was fiery and fierce. With gallons of adrenalin racing through my veins, I should have been invincible. So, why am I the one with a purpled eye?

Life is just not fair.

It was six against one!

So what if they all share my last name and call me Mommy? So what if their sole crime was not putting away the partially assembled hockey goal they had just received? So what if they did not officially have a place for it yet and it was almost completely stashed behind the couch, out of my sight?

So what? I am a bully.

I read recently that if your child is crying when you are instructing him, you are being a BULLY. I did not like the statement then and I do not like it now, but it is true. Unfortunately, parental ‘righteous rampages’ could actually be more accurately labeled ‘sinful anger’ in my home. Be sure my sin will always find me out. I have many witnesses.

This God-fearing mommy has to confess sinful anger. I had to ask a large group of rapidly scattering, wide-eyed, hockey-loving victims to forgive me. Forgiveness was granted immediately. I even asked my sister for forgiveness, who was just passing through – as quickly as she could, I might add. She understands hormonal fluctuations, even if the children do not.

Many hugs were exchanged. The hockey goal pipes, which I had banged on my own face as I threw them outdoors, were retrieved, unscathed. The whole event would have gone unnoticed by my long-suffering husband, if the children had not ratted on me as soon as he got home. I told you they were thugs; they have no mercy. I really think I could have gotten away with it and hubby would have never known a thing, except for this silly, black eye.

It is rough being a born-again, black-eyed bully.


Member Comments
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Mary Elder-Criss08/16/04
Oh my! This piece hit home. I fear I have been a bully before without knowing it..those darn hormonal fluctations!! Good piece, Kay..thanks for sharing it and the laugh it provided! Mary
Dori Knight08/16/04
well done kay! one of the best pieces of advice i ever received was "parenting isn't for cowards." your black eye proves it!
WENDY DECKER08/16/04
Excellent article. You kept my attention completely and made me laugh as well. You got my vote. Loved it.
Dian Moore08/16/04
Kay! This is priceless. I love it.
Melanie Kerr 08/16/04
I have never thought mums as being bullies - but like you said it is not just what you say but haow you say it that counts.
Donna J. Shepherd08/16/04
Love it. I like the twists you threw in there. Thanks for the good read! - Donna
John Hunt08/16/04
Clever twist. Well writen. A very enjoyable read.
Joanne Malley08/16/04
Gee, I never thought about myself as a bully in this way, but I'm ashamed to say...I just might be sometimes! LOL
Cute story!
Colleen Smith08/16/04
Oh can I ever relate!!! I too am a bully when put in this perspective. Thankfully the Lord forgives us moms and our tirades!
darlene hight08/17/04
Excellent! I too have been a bully thanks for reminding me!LOL
Marina Rojas08/17/04
What an excellent reminder that our children are given to us as gifts, not resounding walls. Wow, with this, I'm going to prayer for repentance. Thank you for (as always) an excellent effort towards bringing God's spirit into our lives.
Sandra Perry08/17/04
I absolutely loved this! Your angle hit the nail right on the head. There's a fine line we moms walk. Great work!
L.M. Lee08/18/04
oh how funny! Explaining a black eye a prayer meeting would be even funnier!

parenting is such a "joy."
Sheila Boyd08/19/04
Bravo! This is excellent. You managed to combine humor, a biblical principle and real life into one enjoyable story.
Karen O'Leary08/19/04
Wow! I never thought of a bully in this light. Good job!
Larry Hill08/21/04
Cheerrs, cheers and more cheers, thanks for bringing this viewpoint to all us parents attention. You have done a really good job with this one, thank you. One vote for you this week.
Deborah Anderson08/22/04
Great story! Loved the humor also. Thank you and God bless.