Labels: inner beauty, Lois Lowry, natural beauty, The giver, volunteer work
Please keep in mind that these teenage girls all live in a homeless shelter, for now...
The first question I asked the room was have you ever been bullied? We all raised our hands. The second question was have you ever bullied someone? We all raised our hands...
The group opened up as to some reasons they were bullied, be it their hair was too kinky, their weight or their living situation.
I explained my personal experiences being bullied because I was poor, gay or too fair. I further explained how 25 years later I've come to realize that these were the things that make me unique. The things that make Antonio special.
We made a promise to be more aware of our actions when it comes to our opinions and to be sensitive to the feelings of others.
I end by saying, any challenges I may have faced in my past with the women in my childhood were washed away by the energy and love from these beautiful young girls.
Thank you to all my friends that donated copies of the book The Giver by Lois Lowry, which each girl received a copy of.