A short post this time; I'm in the thick of deadlines and my brain just is not cooperating with blogging this week. But I didn't want to miss my spot here!
I've posted about how the effects of bullying can linger long after the bullying ends. People who have been bullied don't forget the fear or the self-loathing that bullying can create. They don't forget trying to find alternate routes to school so the bullies won't find them, or having to fight and risk suspension from school and possibly worse punishment at home to prove to the bullies that they aren't a victim.
Comments that I got when I posted about that indicated that some of us even today wouldn't speak to those who bullied us. I've been out of high school for 24 years, and there are still people I would walk away from rather than pretend to be civil.
But here's a question: What would you do if someone who bullied you came to you and apologized years after the fact? Would you accept the apology? Would you let them know exactly how they made you feel? Or would you just walk away?