My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:
I had a dream about you being bullied, Shosh, and it concerns me. Bullies exist. They always have. They are like cockroaches, scurrying out of reach when exposed to light or a more powerful presence and rushing back under the cover of darkness.
Never give in to bullies. Stand up for yourself and for each other. If you won’t fight for yourself, who will?
I am not an advocate for violence, but there is a time and a place for it. When faced with a bully, ramp up your responses as necessary. Say, “No! Stop!” If they don’t respond, scream for help or seek help. However, don’t be afraid to fight back. Yes, you may get beat up, but make sure you get your licks in. Make it count. If you hurt them back enough, they will think twice next time about bullying you.
I have faced them in school yards and in corporate suites. It is never a moment I relish, but neither is it something I shy away from.
Never allow them to get into your head and hurt you or your brother. Hurt them back. Make them regret it.
All my love, always.