The Time I Hurt Somebody…

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I’m taking the writing challenge from Mama’s Losin‘ It. I’m going to tell about a time I hurt somebody that still bothers me to this day.


In grade school there was a fellow named Ferdinand P. He was always a bit strange, picking his nose and chasing the girls with it. One day he fell off the portable railing and broke both of his fore-arms (whatever bone that was).

Anyhoo, I always had a soft spot for him. I had a class party (the first ever) in grade six. I invited everyone (including him). And everyone had a great time. Then the “selective” parties started. Some of which I wasn’t invited to. That hurt.

I had a second class party the next year, grade seven, and I invited a select group of people. Ferdinand called me to say he was going to bring his lawn darts. I hadn’t invited him but didn’t have the heart to tell him. So he came; with his lawn darts. I was nice to him but was more focused on my crush.

When a few of the “cool” kids came to tell me that he was spilling the drinks all over I went up to him and said, “Ferdinand, you are making a pest of yourself. You weren’t even invited but I let you stay, so please behave yourself.” The look on his face has stayed with me.

I did give him Christmas cards though throughout high school and sometimes he gave me one too. I think he forgave me but I still felt and feel crappy about that moment.

Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth is a children's book author and designer of knit and crochet character hats under the brand The Ruthless Crafter. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, spend time with her family, and swim. She lives a full, happy life in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and their two children.

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