Volunteer Hell

“I want a boy on my team”
“Saul, I’m not a boy!! Why can’t I be on your team?!”
“Because you’re fat.”
“That’s not nice Saul”
“That’s why I said it.”

Saul* is between 6 and 8 years old. Last week he wanted me to walk him to his room. While he still only responds to me and calms down because of me, he is a kid. I’m not supposed to be mad at a kid.

And his words cut so harshly.

I thought I’d been losing weight. Apparently I’m still fat.

Because struggling with food and this illness isn’t enough. Volunteering, my safe place where I help children with critical illnesses, is now off the list.

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One thought on “Volunteer Hell

  1. That’s not easy to deal with no matter how old the person is who said it. One of my son’s peers asked me if I was his grandmother a few months ago and I’m still quietly reeling from it. I’m 39. :/

    Try not to take him at face value. He’s likely wise enough to know that kind of comment can have a big impact although likely isn’t aware of the emotional consequences…which I know you know. Still…not easy to hear, ever.

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