Writers Quote Wednesday – MEMORIES

13 Jul

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Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge is sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! This week’s theme chosen by Colleen is MEMORIES.

The following is a re-share of a little slice of my childhood that I had shared a couple years back.

SUPERHEROES COME IN ALL SIZES

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.

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Enjoy your day everyone! And remember, every day is a chance to make great new memories. 😉

29 Responses to “Writers Quote Wednesday – MEMORIES”

  1. olganm July 13, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    You are a superhero. No doubt about it. And I think you’re right about bullying to. Or at least I hope so.

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  2. Annette Rochelle Aben July 13, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    Wow! I often wish I had, had your moxie to stand up to the bullies in my life, like you did. I totally understand the lesson you learned. God Bless you and here’s to the most beautiful example of love that your desire to be a super hero gave to the world! ❤

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 13, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

      Your kind words made me teary eyed. Bullying is such a hateful thing and no human being should have to go through it. I’m sorry you did. Why is it always the kindest people that bullies are attracted to? It’s hard to believe that in this day and age it is still going on even as adults some people get bullied. It has to stop. Thank you so much my lovely friend. ❤ xx

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      • Al Lane July 13, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

        If more people were as bold, and as caring as you, Vashti, bullying would disappear overnight! ❤

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 15, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

        Aw. Thank you Al. I wish bullying would disappear. So many still suffer at the hands of bullies. 😦

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  3. J.C. Wolfe July 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

    Beautiful story! I wish I’d had the courage to stand up to bullies in school, but I was more of a shrinking violet growing up. Hopefully, awareness really is the best way to deal with bullying. Well said!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 15, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

      Hello! Unfortunately (or fortunately––I’m not sure) my desire to be a superhero or ‘superhero-ish’ always compelled me to act when I saw injustice or someone being hurt. As an adult I realized that many people were not aware of the damages of bullying and that if they knew they may do things to prevent it or teach their children not to bully. Thank you very much for your kind comment. 🙂

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  4. Silver Threading July 14, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    You are totally a superhero in my book, Vashti! Loved your memories! Hugs to you! ❤

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  5. sharmishtha basu July 15, 2016 at 5:17 am #

    I longed to become a fairy when I was a child, I pretended that I was one and had a lot of fairy friends too 😉

    mine is here
    https://wingofdreams.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/wqwwc-theme-for-the-week-is-memory/

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  6. sharmishtha basu July 15, 2016 at 5:19 am #

    you are a superhero! I don’t know whether you truly know it or not but you were doing an angelic job back then! God bless your noble heart now and forever!

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  7. jaye22 July 16, 2016 at 10:11 am #

    Hi Vashti
    You had the right intentions but at least you tried and learned very early that it doesn’t pay with more violence. It has shaped you as the person you are and I know who I would choose🙂. I also thought about your book “The Basement” and the Character of Robbie and his trials and his journey. Thank you For sharing Vashti X X X

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 19, 2016 at 11:44 am #

      Yes, I did learn that lesson well. Nothing gets resolved through violence. The subject of bullying has always been important to me and I guess ‘The Basement’ stems from that. Thank YOU Jaye! You’re the best. ❤ xx

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  8. Sunni Morris July 16, 2016 at 11:42 pm #

    Wow! What a story! I think that’s great that you stood up to the bully. Everyone needs to do that and people would stop bullying others. You really knocked her down a few notches that day. Bravo!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 19, 2016 at 11:47 am #

      Ha, ha. Thank you Sunni. I don’t know what came over me but I was so scared. Anyway, she kept a low profile after that and didn’t bother my friend anymore. Although violence isn’t right sometimes people like that don’t learn otherwise. Once she became aware that people can fight back she stopped. 😉

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  9. Denis1950 July 18, 2016 at 1:58 am #

    Wonderful words Vashti

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  10. Eclectic Evelyn July 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

    What a great post. Thank you for sharing this on the #TrafficJamWeekend Linky Party

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  11. Gaye @CalmHealthySexy July 19, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

    Hi Vashti – Hope you are having a good week. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 20, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

      It was my pleasure, Gaye. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day and rest of the week.

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  12. dgkaye July 22, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

    Why am I not surprised? You were a superhero when you didn’t even think you were. ❤

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