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There's been alot of talk about bullying in the past little while and it's actually brought up memories of something that happened to me. More than likely if you grew up "fat" then you were probably bullied or ridiculed at some point and may relate to my story.
It was in grade 8 and we had to take a school bus to school. There were alot of kids on the bus and some of us had to go three to a seat. Because my stop was one of the last I was the third kid on the seat. Because I was larger than the others only half my butt would fit on the seat and the other half hung over into the aisle. This became great enjoyment to the boy sitting behind me. I remember his name and what he looks like to this day. He would continuously swing his leg in the aisle and kick me in the butt. No matter how much I told him to stop or ignore him it continued.
It got to the point where one day I just couldn't face getting on the bus. I decided to skip school. I went out as usual and then snuck back to hide in the back yard until my mum had left for work. Unfortately, she caught me and I had to explain why I wasn't on the bus.
I was driven to school in shame and my mum had a talk with the principal. That evening on the bus home I was told to switch seats. I now had to sit next to the bully. I really don't know what the adults were thinking when they decided this. It just made things worse because I was still the third person in the seat and now everytime we went around a corner I'd find myself being pushed off the seat.
It was never resolved. I just sat and took it. It didn't last long because we all graduated into grade 9 and high school which we could walk to. The bully changed his tactics in high school and would just tease me by saying his friends thought I was cute and wanted to go out with them and they'd laugh at me.
These incidents are etched in my mind yet I doubt he even remembers any of it. When I think of junior high I can't think of many good memories. Most of them have to do with me being teased or bullied. It was just some fun and entertainment for him.
Bullying has a lasting impact on kids. I really don't know how to stop it. I'm not sure if telling a kid that is a bully not to do it because it's bad and hurts people will really make him/her stop. Isn't that why they do it? What are your thoughts? Were you teased/bullied growing up? How has that changed you? Pop onto our forums or facebook page to discuss this topic.
Remembering our Veterans
Several nations celebrate, in some way, the end of World War I, the ceasefire of which went into effect at 11:00am CET on this day in 1918.
- Armistice Day in France and Belgium
- Veterans Day in the United States (called Armistice Day until 1952, when the name was changed, and the holiday was re-geared toward all military veterans)
- Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth of Nations, including United Kingdom, Australia and Canada
- Poland - Independence Day (1918)
Veterans Day in the United States is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty. Even though it is a federal and state holiday, it is formally observed in most parts of the United States only by government offices and banks.
In many parts of the world, people take two minutes of silence at 11:00 in the morning as a sign of respect for the roughly eight million who died in the war, as suggested by Edward George Honey in a letter to a British newspaper though Wellesley Tudor Pole established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.
In many commonwealth countries people wear artificial poppies as a sign of remembrance and respect. The poppy's significance is a result of Canadian military physician John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields" written in May of 1915. The poem is usually read during the Remembrance Day ceremonies as well as the playing of the Last Post and wreaths laid to honour the fallen.
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Obesity In the News.....
Here's another explanation for the obesity epidemic: Body size misperception - http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-body-size-misperception-20101016,0,7472325.story
New Genes Linked to Obesity, Belly Fat - http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20101011/new-genes-linked-to-obesity-belly-fat
Late TV 'may contribute to obesity' - http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5j3nd5TwO71cnsvQtCeKAXzgLeo-Q?docId=N0214421286812894512A
What now for weight loss? - http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-obesity-saturday-20101009,0,5646620.story?track=rss
Childhood obesity ad likens junk food to heroin - http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/12/3036612.htm?section=business
Two Weight Loss Intervention Programs Show Success Against Obesity (Video) - http://www.insidermedicine.ca/archives/Two_Weight_Loss_Intervention_Programs_Show_Success_Against_Obesity_Video_4703.aspx
Obesity linked to reduced pleasure in eating - http://www.torontosun.com/life/healthandfitness/2010/10/04/15573026.html
Freeze off fat instead of melting away - http://www.thehealthage.com/freeze-off-fat-instead-melting-away-flab-laser-hottest-craze-america-freeze-death/0804/
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To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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