Mom, something hurt me yesterday.

Earlier tonight, right before Joey went to bed, he and I were talking. He mentioned a few things about his academic classes. Then, he asked me if he should wear his wrist brace to PE because the push ups were bothering his wrist. Then, he said words no parent ever wants to hear. Joey looked at me and said, “Mom, something really hurt me the other day in PE.” My thoughts immediately jumped to all the bumps and bruises he got this summer. I wondered if his wrist injury had acted up in a more serious way or perhaps one of the bumps and bruises he got in the car accident had been worse than we thought. My mind was already filled with doctors appointments and insurance claims.

Then, he dispelled those notions. Joey told me that they were out on the track running laps. Joey and a bunch of other boys saw this huge frog in the grass next to the track. Boys being boys, they stopped to look at it. Joey told me that he thought it was a really cool looking frog, especially because it was really big. Joey said that while he was looking at the frog, this little asshat ran up, looked at the frog, and stomped on it hard enough to pop the poor little creature like a balloon. Joey looked at me and said, “Mom, it just hurt me so bad when they did that. I just don’t understand. It wasn’t hurting anyone. I wish I had been on the other side of the track so I didn’t know what happened.” I asked him if he told the PE coach what had happened and he said that somebody else had told the coach. All I could say after that was, “I just don’t know why people act like that” and then I gave him a hug.

I could have gone into some lengthy explanation about kids not have a kind, compassionate home or maybe something about some people seeming to have a warped and twisted need to make themselves seem bigger and stronger by hurting smaller creatures but none of that would have made him feel any better.

And, not being able to make my boy feel better made my heart hurt a little.

 

PS…I know I still have all the tales of Disney to share. Those start Thursday and will wind up with a review and giveaway next Monday.

19 Responses to Mom, something hurt me yesterday.
  1. Another Dreamer
    September 11, 2013 | 12:45 am

    Poor kid 🙁 That had to be really hard on him.
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  2. St. Elsewhere
    September 11, 2013 | 1:47 am

    Joey is so sensitive. I like that about him.

    I am sorry he was witness to this. But I am also incredibly sorry for the frog.

    I wish someone would have roped in the other boy and taught him a lesson on this.

  3. Wendy
    September 11, 2013 | 6:50 am

    I’m so sorry that happened. My son is the same way- and it would have broken his heart.
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  4. Mel
    September 11, 2013 | 7:53 am

    A terrible thing to witness, especially because your brain can take that small step from, “if he would do that to a frog, what would be do to me?” Perhaps not pop him physically, but pop his self-esteem?

    • Kristin
      September 11, 2013 | 11:03 pm

      The thing is, Joey was truly focused on the horror of what happened. I don’t think he even thought of what the kid could do to him.
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  5. a
    September 11, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Aw, that sucks. I’m glad he’s not the kind of kid who would just blow that off and move on with his life, though. And I’m glad that there’s more than just him who sees how that behavior is wrong.
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  6. CreoleInDC
    September 11, 2013 | 9:32 am

    OHMYG! I can’t believe that kid did that! I don’t know what to say!

  7. karin o'donnell
    September 11, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Tell Joey that those weaker-whether people or animals-will always need protection as many disrespect life. If he can hurt for them he can make a difference. We all love him.

  8. Dipitie
    September 11, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    Ugh, things like that, like dog fighters, animal cruelty and abandonment still hurt me. The fact that it hurt your boy means you are doing something right. That he has a compassionate heart. And that someone needs to know who that boy is because children who hurt animals will grow up to harm more beings on this earth, and he needs to learn that it is NOT okay.
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    • Kristin
      September 11, 2013 | 11:11 pm

      In addition to hurting for my boy, I am horrified and scared by what that kid could become. I keep thinking future serial killer.
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  9. Lori Lavender Luz
    September 11, 2013 | 11:43 pm

    How awful to witness.

    I’m glad Joey was able to talk with you about this. I would want to unsee it, too.
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  10. Dora
    September 18, 2013 | 1:19 pm

    UGH! Just catching up. I gasped when I read what that boy did. Big hug for Joey!
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  11. Marisa
    September 22, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    Aww, what a big heart your boy has!
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