365 Writing Prompts: Fight or flight

When forced with confrontation ,do you head for the hills or walk straight in?Was there ever a time you wished you’d had the opposite reaction?

This incident happened when I was about eight years old. I was playing with my friends during a recess break in my school. We stopped playing for a few minutes, one of the girls younger than us, came running to us, she had an orange she was unable to peel, she handed it over to my classmate to remove the skin.

My classmate took the orange and started peeling it, I thought wow, she’s actually helping the girl, this classmate was not known for her good deeds. she was always mean, so I was amazed to see the change in her. After peeling the orange she threw the orange on the sandy playground. The little girl started to cry. I was appalled by this behavior. Meanwhile my classmate left, I was angry and I said,”( badtameez) ill-mannered.”

Someone went and tattled to the classmate, what I had said. She came immediately and asked me,”Did you say I am ill-mannered?”

I replied, “Yes” I’m not sure what her next move would have been, the school bell rang and we had to return to our classrooms.

I think about this incident even now and feel, not all the kids are innocent, some are really mean!

……………………………….. 🙂

2 thoughts on “365 Writing Prompts: Fight or flight

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for this post. I applaud you for standing up to this young girl.

    I deal with bullies in the workplace, not only in my own department, but in the departments of others. I firmly believe that people – young or old – who participate in bullying behavior do so for a simple reason; they can. Often, then, they are stoppable by the strength of that single person who calls them out on their behavior and who possibly, in more rare occasions, actually steps forward to stop them.

    We all need to be prepared daily to ethically mobilize ourselves for the welfare of others. There are no innocent bystanders.

    Thank you again.

    All good wishes,


    • I agree Robert, the little girl couldn’t peel the orange, Naseem should have refused if she didn’t like the idea.
      After peeling it to throw on the sand was the meanest thing one can do. (:

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