Thursday, February 24, 2011
Isn't it strange how you remember the face of the total stranger who insulted you years before, yet they don't know who you are or have any idea what they did....
Over a year ago I went with Nick and friends to watch a football match in Derby against Brighton and Hove Albion. We had other reasons for seeing them. You see, we lived in Brighton for 6 years and in that time Nick (my husband) taught PE at high school. Two of the Brighton players were in his school football team.
When we moved into our first house in Brighton the garden was like a jungle. Nick got on great with the families and rallied up four lads from the (15yrs) team to level the garden and help lay the lawn. GREAT COMMUNITY SPIRIT! and they were super kids. They worked hard for 3days and our 3 children were 6mths, 2yrs and 4yrs at the time.
Anyway, as I was saying, Nick got a phone call from Adam (footballer, now 27yrs) to tell him that he was playing in Derby and he would love to see us).
When I returned from buying drinks at half time I noticed Adam warming up on the side line. I knew that he wouldn't find us in such a big crowd so I stood close to the pitch and shouted 'ADAM'.
A guy (Albion supporter) sitting in the bleechers, three rows back shouted, so that everyone could here; ' Hey FATTY, sit down, he's not gonna talk to you'.
Adam did hear me (hopefully not him) and came running over, hugged me and asked where we were sitting. Nick and the kids came running down to see him too. It was great to see him again.
We wished him luck in the game and he went off to play. I turned to the guy on the bench and said ' maybe I am fat, but I can loose weight, you will always have a fat mouth.
The nasty comment that was made that day stayed with me. I'd put it to the back of my mind and filed it with all the other insults or remarks.......until....
at work this week the man with the fat mouth came to visit one of my patients. Same face, same man, but he didn't have those hurtful memories or recognise me.