Way back in Grade 2, my homeroom class exchanged Valentine cards. We each had a small folder taped to the front of our desk and at the start of the day we would go from desk to desk distributing little "Be My Valentine" cards to friends and sweethearts. The process took about five minutes and when I returned to my desk I was crushed. My folder was empty.
While everyone shared their cards and popularity, I quickly got rid of my folder into my desk and acted like everything was fine.
When anybody asked how many cards I received, I just nonchalantly changed the subject or asked about their cards. I was humiliated and felt very alone. I wasn't the most outgoing student to start with, so this event didn't help my self-esteem. I didn't even share the news with my parents. I was simply too embarrassed to (more…)