Jodi and Clarinda Cloud, thank you for inviting me to your blog.
Actually, my Chinese Crested Powder Puff will do all the talking. He wants to tell children about how poorly he treated his brother, and how children should react if they come across a bully.
Hi! My name is Indygo. My mum calls me Indy. So you can too!
Didn't I tell you that it is cool art? Tracy draws so nicely. Okay, Indy, please tell us your story. I hope it has a happy ending. I like happy endings.
Here’s what went down.
“Indy!” Mum said. “Stop chewing your brother’s ear.” She wagged her finger. “You’re acting like a bully.”
I let go of his soggy ear. “I am not a bully.”
“Yes, Indy,” Patches said. “You are. All you ever do is jump on my back, and then chew my ears.”
I barred my teeth. “Poor widdle baby.”
“Why are you being so mean to me?”
I gulped. Maybe Mum’s right. “P-Patches.” I tucked my tail between my legs. “I’m sorry I called you a poor widdle baby.”
Patches stretched out his front paws. “I forgive you.”
I licked his wet, black nose.
“Okay, okay. That’s enough. Now hop in my basket. It’s time for a nap.”
I didn’t need a second invite to jump in his comfy bed.
“Indy, stop circling.” Patches yawned. “Now go to sleep.”
I snuggled beside him. I have a lot to learn about treating my big brother better. I laid my head on his furry back and sighed.
I learned an important lesson that day. Even though Patches forgave me, I know I hurt his feelings which made him feel very sad.
So kiddies, if you run into a bully like me, here are five steps you can follow:
Don’t take it personally: Yup, I know that’s hard to do. But a bully is looking for the wrong kind of attention.
Smile: This will throw a bully off guard because he or she is waiting for you to burst into tears.
Keep a cool head: Ask them, “Why are you being so mean?” That will make a bully stop and think about his or her actions.
Hold your head high: Then walk away.
Tell a parent: If the bully doesn’t back off, run and tell your mum or pops. If you’re at school, tell your teacher.
So the next time someone bullies you, perhaps you can forgive them too! Just like my big brother did. He’s the best.
Has a bully been mean to you? How did you react?
You can read all about me and my mum over at www.tracycampbell.net. She has other cool artwork you can look at too. It’s over at www.tracy-campbell.artistwebsites.com.
Thanks Miss Jodi and Clarinda Cloud.
Oh, and just to let you know, I am a spokescloud for anti-bullying, bullying awareness, and bullying prevention. I am glad that Indy learned, not to be a bully and that he told people some things they can do if they are being bullied. That is important. It is important to always share your feelings…just like me!