Saturday, June 16, 2012
My generation grew up hearing this little catch phrase, but I don't hear it said much anymore. I think people over the years correctly came to the conclusion that it just wasn't true.
As far as I can remember, I have only been in one physical fight in my life. It was with a kid in junior high and it didn't last long. He was experienced in fighting and I wasn't, so he laid a number of punches while I was still trying to figure out the rules.
As can often happen, he and I became friends after our fight (and people say girls are hard to figure out). When I look back at that fight, and recall some of the fights my students have gotten into, I realize that physical altercations (unless it is some kind of sustained abuse) don't tend to leave wounds. In fact, I have noticed some of my students have to take a moment to recall a fight they had earlier in the year.
However, you can speak to most adults and discover that they carry a wound, or many wounds, over something that was said to them in the past. Contrary to the phrase above, not only do words hurt... they often leave lasting damage.
Posted by Andrew at 8:21 AM