What if I have it again, tonight? I... it....
Tonight I'll stay with you from the beginning and let's see what happens.
I love you, Mom, he sighed.
I love you, too.
We got cozy under the blankets.
You know that kid on the playground with the purple tie-dyed shirt? He's really not nice to me.
Really? I thought you wanted to be friends with him.
I used to, but now I hate him.
He always side-swipes me.
What does that mean?
He bumps into me and makes me fall.
On the play ground?
On the play ground.
So what do you do?
I run away when he gets close to me. I'm really fast and he can never catch me. He's part of this group. There are 3 kids who do this.
Why do you think?
Because I'm friends with Mark. They really don't like Mark.
I like Mark. He's a good kid.
Yeah, me too.... I have 2 friends, which isn't as many, but it's okay.
We were quiet awhile.
There was this college kid who made a YouTube video that really wasn't nice to Asians and it got a lot of people mad. Did you hear dad and I talking about it?
Yah. Ching wang wong! he exclaimed with a chuckle.
Well. Some of the responses to her video were really mean. Like really bad, with horrible swear words and threats! But there was this one guy who was very clever. He wrote a song to her! And it was really funny, I'm going to have to show it to you. He made fun of the things she said, but in a totally creative and almost nice way. Instead of just shoving it back and saying 'you're an idiot' he sang this song with the sweetest melody and pointed out the ways that she was just being silly and it was just so funny! He got almost 3 million hits on YouTube and now everyone wants to listen to him and be his fan.... My point is. Don't just do the same thing back to those boys. Even if you you have good reason, do the same thing back and you're no better than those kids and it will just make things worse. Running away and making a game out of it, outwitting them in smarter and not-hurtful ways, having a good sense of humor, and especially not abandoning your friend Mark shows that you have really good character! Other people will respect you and more importantly, you can respect yourself for doing the right thing.
Now what about that other kid that was chasing you? That looked fun.
Yeah. That's different. His name is John.
I asked his dad, today, if he could come for a play date.
They're coming next Friday I think.
You want to know something really cool? John's dad grew up in Sunny Patch and was good friends with a boy who grew up in our house! So his dad knows this house really, really well!
Do you think he's been in my clubhouse?
Probably. You'll have to ask him.
So John and I are the next generation!
Yes, the next generation.
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