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A boy who teased those "less fortunate" than him finds the tables are turned.

I always made fun of them.  You know who I mean, THEM. 

The freaks.  

Geeks.  Nerds.  Retards. 

Those different than me were fair game.

For the record, call me Brad.  I am...WAS...a normal teenaged punk.  Typical high school jock.  Thought the sun rose and set on me.  I was special, man.  Set apart.  I was going places!

Not any more.

My Mom used to tell me that I was going to come to a bad end.  I'd just laugh and tell her she was nuts.  Nothing was going to happen to me, I was going to live forever!

Not any more.

Oh, I'm home now, but nothing is the same.  Nothing will ever be the same again.

EV-ER.

Tomorrow is the first day of school.  I don't want to go.

Everyone will be looking on me with pity.  Asking me what's wrong with me, why my arms and legs don't work.  Asking me why I'm in a wheel chair. 

Or, worse, talking about me. 

I don't want to face the inevitable stares.  Hear the whispered comments. 

Or face those I'd teased.

Because I'll be where they are.  And I remember.

Mom, don't make me go.

(C) Copy written, August 25, 2004, by Karla Dorman.


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Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 7/8/2009
Takes a moment. Takes a moment of looking away, of being distracted of doing something one shouldn't and life can change forever for the one and others in his or her way. Simply written but very strong write, Karla
Mark
Reviewed by Linda Settles 6/7/2009
Poignant write, Karla. You captured the essence of shame and bitter remorse in this write.
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 9/20/2008
Wow, this is the BOLD face of reality. I am so glad that you wrote this, I cannot stand bullies and have defended my retarded brother (in a group home) and his twin who lives with me all of my life. ARGHHHH! I would never want anyone hurt but you know what they say about karma. Great write my sister.

Love, Janet xoxoxo
Reviewed by 000 000 9/12/2008
This is a beautiful writing. Much different from others I have read of yours. Much power in the words. You are talented in many areas and I can feel the pain of the boy in this.
Reviewed by Marge Fulton 9/4/2008
As a former Sp. Ed. teacher, I really relate to how he might feel. A lot of emotion packed into just a few lines! Awesome!

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Reviewed by Denise Edwards 8/19/2008
Bravo, Carla! I knew the pain of being different, as an obese kid who didn't get to start School untill I was 9 years old! This is such a great messege, with a sad ending. It should be posted in every School around the world!
Reviewed by Linda Law 6/28/2008
Wow.. very well written.
Reviewed by Shelley Patten-Forster 4/7/2008
Wow! What a message. It is so sad when we see teenagers who think they are invincible. That nothing can happen to them. You get the message across so strongly and passionately. You are truly talented. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Reviewed by Christi Anderson 2/11/2008
Whoa...so very moving and painful. Amazing work! Again, thanks for your talent!:-)
Reviewed by Olita Williams 2/9/2008
I am so glad I have met you. This is a great tale. Wonderfully told. Thank you.
Reviewed by Trevor Penick 1/9/2008
Poignant. I enjoyed this piece. Well done.
Reviewed by tammy mcglade 11/18/2007
sometimes karma comes back on people, whether possitive or negative. You captured how he feels to know that he will probably be picked on and how he now feels sorry, maybe more for himself than those he picked on.
great job!!
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 11/16/2007
This is very touching! An ironic tale indeed. Everything happens for a reason. Perhaps he was meant to see the other side of things. One of my dogs has a wheelchair, because of his paralyzed rear legs. He's always been sweet, so I think the lesson was meant for me and my hubby rather than our gentle Drako. Hugs:) Sheila
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 10/2/2007
Karla, this was excellent. I remember high school days very well, although they were many years ago. I agree with one of the other comments that said it should be required reading in school. Alot of times, kids think that they're untouchable and there is a wonderful lesson to be learned in this story.
Reviewed by Mary Coe 9/8/2007
Heartfelt. Touching. Not just teens, should read this; I know of a few adults who need to read this piece. An excellent write.
Reviewed by Vivian DeSoto 9/8/2007
Extremely powerful message given briefly, exotically. Well done - very well done. Agree with Jerry - should be required reading.
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 8/16/2007
A story like a pound of dynamite in a very small package. Should be required reading in schools. Great idea, and the brevity adds...Jerry
Reviewed by NIKKO TANUI 7/3/2007
mervelous write that burns to the mind and leaves one recalling the lesson after along time
Reviewed by P-M Terry Lamar 5/13/2007
This really is powerful. I wish it was given to all teenagers to read. The problem is, they'll still believe that nothing can touch them.

Strong words, great development, poignant ending.
Terry
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 2/13/2007
This story says SO much.. Well done Karla.........M
Reviewed by CJ Heck 9/14/2006
Very powerful story, Karla. My grandmother used to say, "What goes around, comes around." I find her words so appropros when reading this story. Thank you so much for sharing it.
Hugs,
CJ
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 6/16/2006
A POTENT and INSPIRATIONAL SHORT-STORY, KARLA, revamping the age-old Universal Principle of Sowing and Reaping. Thank God for you, and your heart to "get to the matter of things". I absolutley love your direct style. ...and you already know, I love you! Hope things are BACK ON TOP for the TOTALLY TOP-NOTCH TEXAS TWINS!

hugs & prayers ~ rhonda
Reviewed by Mary Lynn Plaisance 4/3/2006
GREAT WRITE~!!!!!!!!! A powerful message in your short story. It's called karma, and none of us can escape it. It's a law of the Universe. My Dad was blind, and I was so IN THEIR FACE if anyone so much as thought to say he was "not right". Love this story!

Love ya
Mary Lynn
Reviewed by Danielle Mundy 2/17/2006
wow...awesome write Karla. Soem people learn their lessons too late :(
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 12/28/2005
What a sad story, Karla! Indeed heart felt!

God bless,

Sandie.
Reviewed by Emma Willey 8/9/2005
This story is heart-wrenching and told in a few choice words that tell the story well. It tells the story for many who are handicapped in one way or another. Thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 2/22/2005
Reviewed by Lee Garrett 10/8/2004
Truely, some lessons are learned too late. A sad and poignant tale. Good write.
Reviewed by Franz Kessler 10/6/2004
Karla, you say so much with so few lines. Great story. It is sad to suffer from a handicap. It is even sadder to feel that some people believe they are better. Franz
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 9/25/2004
The bullies never think it will happen to them. And unfortunately when some of them get their just desserts, they still don't connect the dots and change. A thoughtful write, Karla.
Reviewed by Janet Parker 9/23/2004
Karla this is powerful! A wonderful write by a talented person.
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 9/21/2004
Karla,

This is a testament to your penmanship par exceptional ... this write is of great emotional content and leaves the reader with an aching heart - thanks for sharing, my friend!!

Robert
Reviewed by Lori Moore 9/11/2004
Great message... this brought back memories of high school days... things I haven't thought of for so long. Thank you.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 9/8/2004
WOW, how did I miss this one, Karla? I know of a kid just like that, not so much the jerk prior to his accident, but a kind of a jock, a world class swimmer, he would have eventually became, too bad he and a tree and his car did not see it that way too...he is now missing both of his legs...I have not heard anything about him since then, way back in the early to mid 70s, what a shame...Find Peace, Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 8/26/2004
(((Karla)))
Very well written
God Bless
Michelle~
Reviewed by Fletcher Bailey 8/25/2004
Karla, this is sad. I don't know why people have to be so judgemental about appearances...we had our share of those belittlers and out right gangsters in our schools...but I can't say any of them have ever amounted to anything...your poem is proof in the immortal words "let not ye judges, lest ye be judged"...thanks for this great story...Fletcher B
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/25/2004
Extremely powerful and extremely sad story, Karla, but a story that has happened to more than a few in their lives. Well Penned.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 8/25/2004
A very sad and poignant composition Karla...
Strong lesson here...
Love and Hugz
Peter
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/25/2004
Very heartfelt piece Karla!!

Yes we never know what tomorrow might bring!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/25/2004
(((Karla)))

This story touched my heart in a powerful way; could feel the anguish and fears that this boy was facing! Powerful, intense, emotion-packed write, as only you can do! And now the tables have been turned on him. Powerful lessons in this story! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn (who has been on the receivin' end many times..not a good place to be!). :( >tears <

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