It’s hard to believe that the nastiest part
Of my long Monday took place outside
The grotty Year 10 toilets where a throng
Of teenage girls shot me horrible looks
And giggled behind hands as I passed.
I’m a teacher, for God’s sake
And yet still my heart takes a silent beating
As I pass with my head low, wondering
Why I came back to school for more
Of this horrid abuse, that most fear for life.
Today felt really bad because of one moment caused by a girl who is fast becoming my worst nightmare. I lost my Year 10 class because she was so unpleasant to me and she obviously blames me for the fact that she has been moved to a class where she is apart from her friends.
She has obviously gone to her friends and told them all about how awful I am and when I was passing them as they were queuing for the toilet one of her friends gave her a nudge and nodded in my direction. This girl sneered at me and said ‘ugh’ as though I was something horrible that she had stepped in.
Now, I know I’m an adult and I’m probably being a bit snowflakey, but I felt like somebody had stabbed me in the heart and it genuinely made me feel low for the entire day.
I have been told that my skin will get thicker but it still hurts so hard. I know that it stems from my upbringing where I knew that I would always be wrong and nobody would believe me. Now that I’m an adult I still fear that my boss will believe a fourteen year old over me.
It’s amazing how the things we are told as children can shape us so totally as adults. My colleagues think this girl is an idiot and yet still that fear that they believe her over me is so real.
More therapy, anyone?
2 thoughts on “a gentle dig that hurts so much”
Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about this, Rachel! I know it must hurt a lot, even though you know you’re an adult, and that girl is acting out something that’s on her, not you. Please try to be kind to yourself. Don’t let her dictate your self-image – please. Oh, and if it’s any comfort, you’re not alone. The very same thing happened to me my first year of teaching. It was…. very hard to cope with, but I did.
I’m sorry to hear about this! No wonder you were hurt. Teenagers can be regular brats sometimes.