Sitting with Courage – BiteSizeMemoir

Sitting with Courage – BiteSizeMemoir

“Courage to me is doing something daring, no matter how afraid, insecure, intimidated, alone, unworthy, incapable, ridiculed or whatever other paralyzing emotion you might feel. Courage is taking action… matter what.  So you’re afraid?  Be afraid.  Be scared silly to the point you’re trembling and nauseous, but do it anyway!”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

I am playing catch up while Lisa Reiter at Sharing the Story takes a summer break from #BiteSizeMemoir prompts. Her first prompt asked that we “Write about School at Seven.” My heart, mind and body reacted to this prompt as that was a very scary year for me or at least the 7 year old me.


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I remember feeling horrid, during the second grade, that two boys in my class were often brought to the front by the teacher and hit repeatedly with a yard ruler.

I remember worrying that one day she would call me up to the front of the class.

I remember begging in my brain that she wouldn’t hit the boy with down syndrome yet again (though I didn’t know it was called that at the time); somehow I knew he couldn’t help whatever she was always punishing him for.

I remember sitting frozen in my seat, when my name was called to the front of the class.

I remember my heart pounding in my chest and my palms sweating, shaking my head no and refusing to get up

I remember her eyes boring into me until I felt I would burst into flames with the anger she was projecting and yet I still said no.

I remember thinking, “I can’t stop my parents from hitting me but I am not letting her hit me!”

I remember being surprised that she didn’t just yank me out of from the desk to hit me anyway, but she didn’t.

I remember not getting into trouble, for once, for standing up for myself.

I remember the teacher getting even with me during summer school as every student always received the number of swats for their age on their birthday. What a horrid tradition that was.


Now it’s your turn, what do you remember from school at seven?


#BiteSizeMemoir by Lisa Reiter at Sharing the Story prompt this week is School at Seven and though it is past the time for submissions, you can still write for it and play catch up as I am doing-I can’t wait until she returns from her summer hiatus for more great prompts!  I am enjoying participating in Lisa’s lovely BiteSizeMemoir, I hope you decide to explore it for yourself. You never know what juicy tidbits you will remember, or be triggered, from her prompts.


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2 thoughts on “Sitting with Courage – BiteSizeMemoir

  1. My husband grew up with corporal punishment in school too. Age seven was not a good year for him. Not that I agree with helicopter parenting (parents always hovering over children) but I understand why many became such. Because I ask–where the heck were the parents??? I’m glad you revisited the resistance you felt earlier to writing to this memoir prompt and shared this frightening time. I find that it’s often difficult to reconcile the things I feared as a child with understanding as an adult. Memoir can help draw out tough memories. Hugs to you!

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