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SUPERHERO

1 Apr
SUPERHERO

Portrait of my family as superheroes

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog. Today I’m going to share a little slice of my childhood. Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinions and thoughts on the subject matter. I really enjoy reading what you think. I hope you enjoy it.

 

SUPERHERO

As a child I wanted so badly to be a superhero. I loved Superman, Batman, and especially Wonder Woman. In elementary school I tied towels, throws, blankets—whatever I could find—around my neck to wear as a cape. I ran around the house, leaped from my sister’s top bunk bed to my bed, jumped from one sofa to the next, and basically drove my parents insane. Needless to say, I was a hyperactive tomboy.

In sixth grade I had a friend who was half the size of everyone in the class, very frail and petite and also wore glasses. A bully, whom I will call Godzilla, a tall, big-boned girl twice the size of the rest of us, picked on my small friend relentlessly.

Whenever Godzilla hurt my friend, I sensed a piece of me withered and I grew weaker. I was terrified of the bully, as was most of the student body.

One day, the fire alarm in my school rang. We did the usual: filed in straight lines down the stairs to exit the edifice, crossed the street and stared at the flameless, smokeless windows of the school building, while listening to our teacher talk about the dangers of not following instructions during a fire drill.

As we clambered up the steps on our way back to class, Godzilla stood behind my petite friend. The bully shoved her into the kid in front of her, yanked on the baby hairs on the lower hairline on her neck and slapped her on the back of the head, while my poor friend moaned and sobbed.

Something came over me that day as I watched my little friend suffer in silence while everyone stood idly by. I could no longer laze while Godzilla tortured my friend. When we reached the top of the stairwell I grabbed Godzilla’s arm, turned her around to face me and yelled at her to stop hurting my friend. The tormenter snickered at me and shoved me with all her might. I tumbled down the stairs. When I reached the bottom, I leapt to my feet and dashed up the stairs. With a Bruce Lee-like move I kicked her square in the abdomen, knocking her against the wall, taking her breath away!

At first, I didn’t understand what had come over me. I felt no pain after falling down the flight of stairs. I had never moved so fast, and what I felt was a tap of my foot turned out to be a karate front snap kick. I was charged on adrenaline.

Godzilla stood motionless against the wall, wide-eyed and panting while I gave the ninja death glare, and the other kids cheered me on. From that day forward, I believed I was a superhero in the making. Whenever I saw a kid bullying another, I was compelled to interfere. I would call out any teachers who I thought ignored bullying or did nothing to stop it. I was the anti-bullying superhero.

After a few black eyes, busted lips and detention hours I learned that fighting, yelling and accusing were not going to solve the issue of bullying.

In high school I made it my business to go to the principal whenever I saw a schoolmate bully another. I was quickly labeled a tattler and became very unpopular for a while. Not much changed as far as the bullying.

I was frustrated. What kind of superhero is unpopular?

As an adult, I finally realized that the best weapon against bullying is awareness. Spreading awareness about all kinds of bullying will help decrease the abuse. At least my inner superhero very much hopes so.

Original story by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Illustration by Vashti Quiroz-Vega
(Superhero Family Portrait)

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18 Responses to “SUPERHERO”

  1. Vanessa April 1, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    That’s super cute wish I could have seen your super hero Bruce lee moves lol. I was thinking like as far as the superheroes as far as i know the vigilante types aren’t always so liked like Spider-Man and batman but the fans and ppl they rescue understand their badassness lol 🙂

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

      Thank you Vanessa! You’re right some superheroes are definitely under appreciated until they’re needed.

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  2. Arlee Bird April 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    Good for you sticking up for a friend. But you’re right, being aware can stave off confrontations when the bullying is addressed before the clash.

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  3. Shane Roe April 3, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Great job! I really like and admire people who stand up for others.

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  4. Ken Preston April 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    I loved superheroes too, as a child. Still do, in fact! As for unpopular superheroes, Spider-Man was wanted by the police and feared by the general public, at least when I read the stories he was.
    Great post about bullying. We all have a responsibility to stand up and be counted when we see it happening.

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  5. Rosa Quiroz May 4, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    Mis amigas yo,no podemos ansiosas por adquirir nuestro libro, pues con lo que hemos leído nos a parecido muy interesante.Felicidades vashti.

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  6. Carmen Amato (@CarmenConnects) May 6, 2013 at 3:37 am #

    Vashti–you left out part of the story. How did your petite friend deal with the after effects of the bullying and your leap to her defense? And kudos to you for doing so!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

      Hi Carmen! We became pretty close after the fight, and the bully stayed away, which is the case for many bullies once they’ve been confronted. My friend and I stayed in touch for a while, even though we went to different high schools, and then I moved to Florida with my parents and we lost touch. She seemed more extroverted and confident after the bully left her alone. I did see a difference in her after a while. Unfortunately, for some kids that is not the case. Thank you for stopping by I appreciate the comment. 😀

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  7. Kathryn Jenkins May 7, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    I love this story, it really brings out the hero in every little kid that thinks they can’t make a difference. I was one of three smallest kids in my class I was always made fun of for wearing glasses and being short. Till this day I hate it when someone makes a comment about my hight. But, I wish I would have had the curouge to do a super hero moment like yours.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 7, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

      Hi Kathryn! It’s great to hear from you. I’m sorry you had to go through that as a kid. I believe kids should be taught the effects of the spoken word as early as they begin to talk. I’m glad you stopped by. 😀

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  8. j0schmidt May 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    you know, Vashti, you tell a story so much similar to my own. I started out not very brave, and even the one picked on a lot of times.

    But then, some little bully, twice my size and a few years older was being.mean, being mean to violent and cruel. And I couldn’t take anymore. I think that was the first time I brought out my intense “death stare” (lol, yeah right). but, I tell you what. I *made* that bully back down.

    lol, it just goes to show, I think we either secretly want to be the badass heroes in our own lives, but that part gets tied up. But, we all have the potential. I know we do. Bully’s do not have true confidence. They know they are wrong, deep down. It just takes someone knowing they are right. Righteous Anger.

    And I’d like to say you are incredible. Your beautiful is not soley in your face, but emanates from your truly courageous and caring soul. 🙂

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

      Oh my goodness! You are truly sweet. Thank you so much for this uplifting comment. I’m stting in an airplane 40,000 feet in the air right now feeling miserable, uncomfortable and tired but you put a smile on my face. Thank you so much for that. I’m glad to meet you, and I look forward to your visits. 😀

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      • j0schmidt May 13, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

        Hehe, you are so very welcome! I do hope it gets a little better for you!

        And hey, you are flying and that makes you a superhero! lol

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

        Haha! That’s cute! I’m home now and feeling soooo much better. Thank you! xx

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