Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What'd you call me???!!??

When I was in the third grade, I began to get teased on the play ground. There was a group of about four boys that decided to call me "greedy green guts." I'm really not sure what the thought behind this nickname was. I would have loved to been in on this brainstorming session. I'm not sure if they thought I was greedy or if I looked particularly ill that day but whatever the reason - it got a reaction. Every time they called me that I chased them and tried to "get" them. I'm not quite sure what I thought I'd do if I actually "got" them but I wasn't very fast so it really didn't matter.

After a while it began to upset me. I tried to run harder. I called them names as well. I had my friends tell them to stop. nothing... worked. So I finally decided to go to the highest authority on all matters. My mom. She said that they probably just "liked" me and had a funny way of showing it (I'm not sure why she thought I'd believe that bull). But she also said that they keep doing it because it gets a reaction out of me and if I just ignored them, they would stop. I had a hard time believing that one too but I was desperate.

The next day at recess, one of the guys came up and shouted "Greedy Green Guts!" in my face and then started to run. I just sat there. When he saw that I wasn't chasing him, he ran a bit closer and yelled louder, "Greedy Green Guts!". He waited. Nothing. I guess he wondered if it was just him because he called one of his buddies over to see if he could get a reaction out of me. I didn't give in. Finally one of the brave ones of the group came forward and said, "Shannon, didn't you hear us? We called you Greedy Green Guts!" I looked at him and said, "I don't really like that and I'm not going to chase you anymore."

Utter shock that I didn't play their game. And that was the last time I was ever called "Greed Green Guts." (at least in third grade)

Be careful how you use your words. They determine the type of reaction that comes back to you.

"From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. Does a spring pour fourth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?" James 3: 10-11

Until Everyone Hears,


Anonymous said...

Great story. Your nickname might have a second life in our family :)


Anonymous said...

Oh dear, I was thinking the same thing as Joann. This is why you're the sister being ordained and we're not.


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