The best things come in small packages

Throughout my life, I have always been the one being bullied, only up until very recently.

The beginning of my story starts out in a cafe around where I live. I was with a couple of friends and the next thing I know they’re all giggling and whispering things under their breath and then looking around and almost cackling with laughter. I was eating a croissant, and when I’m eating barely anything distracts me. Until I realised just who they were making jokes about. It wasn’t playful, harmless joking either. It was loud enough so the person they were mocking could clearly hear.
This person must have only been in her early 20’s, like me, and she looked completely normal. The only difference being the fact that she was a lot shorter than us. She was a dwarf.

Instantly when I realised, I basically slapped my friend’s drink out of her hand, which resulted in her turning her attention over to me, which I didn’t mind too much. But it wasn’t long before she turned back with the other girl I was with and started shouting things across the cafe. It was at that point that I grabbed my croissant and coffee and got out of my seat and walked over to the girl they were mocking. I sat down next to her and she didn’t even look at me. I took a sip of my coffee and said ‘hello’. She looked up and smiled. She asked me my name, to which I replied ‘Emily, and you?’ Her name is Katherine, and we’ve been best friends ever since.

I don’t speak to the other two girls anymore. Not since that day. I lost two derogatory friendsย and made friends with someone who just doesn’t give a damn what people look like.

The best things come in small packages and I love my new friend Katherine. – Emily โ™ฅ

Our school curriculum helps children understand the importance of including and accepting everyone. Take a look at how we encourage a culture of kindness HERE.

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