Emily Fata  March 31st, 2017   

Written by: Tim Morton


You were a new kid in my grade 2 class, an outsider as the rest of our class had been together since kindergarten. I remember that you were very quiet and kept your head down, that you seemed clumsy or nervous and did your own thing. You were very shy and didn’t like when the teacher called on you. You spent a great deal of time alone and weren’t making friends at the school.

I remember you being excluded during recesses, not welcomed to join in for playtime and you being the last one picked for teams. I remember other kids calling you silly nicknames.

I was not a friend. I didn’t reach out to include you and make you feel welcome and I didn’t take steps to be that friend you likely needed and for all that I apologize.