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They’re only words
I AM fed up to the back teeth at reading about people getting upset at what they consider “verbal abuse” of one kind or another.
When I was 11, at a new school, I was fair-skinned and auburnhaired, but because my mother had been born and brought up in India I was dubbed “Indian girl” by some spiteful kids.
I often went home in tears – too young to have formed that necessary protective skin. My mother told me to take no notice and remember that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but angry words can’t hurt me”.
It was something I never forgot, it was true, and it worked. I never responded angrily again.
Now I am constantly reading about grown men, with important, responsible positions, or leading sportsmen in their field, who are either too over-sensitive or selfimportant to “turn the other cheek”.
After all, what are words – why should they assume such importance when uttered in spite by people who should know better?
Surely people are adult enough to give back as good as they get, verbally, and leave it at that? Or are they simply after the notoriety they achieve?
To me it is about time they grew up and concentrated on what is really important.
Heather Causnett, Escrick Park Gardens, Escrick, York.
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