I hated that day. I bet you hated it, too.
I thought hard about why we didn't say anything. I think I was just bracing myself for all the things I didn't want to hear, all the dismissals. So I dismissed myself before anyone else could. Don't be so sensitive, Elizabeth. Stop taking everything so personally. I started checking under the bed for my sense of humor, my thicker skin. And you and I, we tried to learn to take a joke.
This happens to us all the time.
If I had been braver, I might have said...
- I don't think jokes about domestic violence are funny.
- That scene in that movie made me feel uncomfortable. I didn't want to watch it. I just talked about the cinematography because I didn't want you to think I was a prude.
- It bothers me when I hear people making fun of that girl who dresses differently. It doesn't just bother me. It makes me worry. Do people say things like that about me, too?
- That comment about other people's religious beliefs was hard to hear. I really want to honor the faith of others, even when it's not my faith.
If I had been braver, I might have let my heart show. But I was afraid to let them see it broken. This is a story about me. Is it a story about you, too?