Hiding

Always Do Your Best, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Always Do Your Best, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

I was in the fifth grade watching other classmates at the board and in their seats all seemingly knowing what the teacher was saying. I was confused and lost.

Then I knew the answer!! I threw my hand up waving it excitedly. I couldn’t believe I got one! I knew an answer.

I could do my best.

A painful karate like chop-chop hit into my bicep. I was frightened and confused.

Becoming Who You Are, by Laurette Yund, BSN, MHS

Becoming Who You Are, by Laurette Yund, BSN, MHS

I was deeply moved when reading the following passage in the book Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen (paraphrased):

When children are judged, criticized and reshaped into what is wanted rather than supported, not allowed to develop naturally into who they are, they “form spores” and wall the unloved parts of themselves away.