The Cruelty of Children

Dear J.A.,
When we were kids, you came to school greasy and dirty, wearing ill-fitting clothes and velcro sneakers. You blinked a lot and stuttered and you were very shy. The kids made fun of you mercilessly. I made fun of you after a while myself. In hindsight, your parents must have been neglectful addicts, degenerates, it couldn't have been very good for you at home. Since we finished school I've thought of you every once in a while, and wondered what your life turned out like, and if you're happy. I wish I'd have been brave enough to befriend you or to stick up for you. I've prayed for you for years. I'm so sorry and I hope you have people who love and care for you now. —I did it to you because people did it to me

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