It has been revealed in a new book that Prince William's bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, was bullied as a teen. I wonder what those British Edition Mean Girls are thinking now?
Tower of London, anyone? Off with their skanky heads!
You can bet those girls are wishing they hadn't messed with Kate. I wonder where they are now? One thing they're not doing...watching their mailboxes for one of those elegant wedding invitations. (Don't hold your breath there, girls!)
I also had the opportunity to get the last laugh on bullies, though not quite on such a grand scale. Like Kate--Catherine to all of us now--I was bullied. Hard to believe, isn't it? These days, I take crap from no one. But it's the truth. I was a mousy kid who was a target for most of my school years. The transformation that began in therapy after high school reached its zenith with the publication of my first three novels.
Success really is the best revenge, after all.
A friend was surprised that I wanted to attend one of our high school reunions. "You really want to see those people again?" she asked, incredulous.
I certainly did. How else was I going to throw my bestselling author status in their faces?
I had already had the pleasure of running into one of my old adversaries. She was working at Walmart. She was almost gushing. She had seen me on TV. She'd read all of my books. I was now her favorite author. "Maybe we could get together for lunch sometime," she suggested, as if we were old friends.
Until that point, I hadn't said anything, content to let her make a complete fool of herself--but when she had the audacity to think I'd want to have lunch with her, I couldn't remain silent. I looked at her and, without any show of emotion, asked, "I'm sorry--have we met?"
What goes around comes around, after all.
My pastor said in one of his sermons that we are expected to forgive. We don't have to forget. That's a relief, because forgetting is not always possible. Sometimes the wounds are too deep. Scars remain.
Every year, kids, mostly teens, either take their own lives or go on shooting rampages in their schools because bullying has made their lives unbearable. For too many years, the position of school administrators and faculty has been "it's just the way kids are."
Too often, the parents of bullies are or were bullies themselves who have no intention of putting a stop to their child's unacceptable behavior.
It's time to take action. It's time to put an end to bullying.