Recently, while touring schools in the Midwest with my children’s
book, “Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship”, I was asked a great question by
a rather serious first grader.
“Mr. Hemingway, were you ever bullied?” she wondered.
What’s so great about that question, you ask? And what
self-respecting children’s book author can honestly answer such a
question in front of 200 kids without revealing he’s a total dork deep
And wait a second, do I look like someone who was bullied as a kid?
The answer to that last question is, of course I look like someone who was bullied as a kid,
because just about everyone has been bullied at some point in their
childhood-No matter how tall and arguably charming they grow up to be.
(And yes, 6 feet is still considered tall.)
And getting back to my original point, the first grader’s question is a great one because a first grader chose to ask it at all.