Thought for the Day: Mean People?
In Laura Moriarty’s first novel, The Center of Everything, ten-year-old Evelyn always has trouble with her skinny old neighbor.
“My mother says that when Mrs. Rowley is mean, which is generally the case, it is really because she is just unhappy, and who could blame her with a husband like that, and Travis always in so much trouble. She says this is really the only reason people are ever mean–they have something hurting inside of them, a claw of unhappiness scratching at their hears, and it hurts them so much that sometimes they have to push it right out of their mouths to scratch someone else, just to give themselves a rest, a moment of relief” (60).
Remember this when someone is mean to you – and walk on by.