“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me.” That is the cruelest lie we tell ourselves and our children. No matter how hard we try to not care, we do.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me.” That is the cruelest lie we tell ourselves and our children. No matter how hard we try to not care, we do.

Indeed we try to put off remarks made by a boss, co-worker, student, etc. Many say they succeed, but who is truly immune to these remarks, whether true or not? The “water off the duck’s back” mantra never stopped a bullied child, teen, or adult from committing suicide. “Simple and harmless” words take a toll.

There were two girls.. They got into a fight. One girl and her mother led on the other girl by acting as a boy online; they “broke it off.” The girl was hurt, she committed suicide a little later. When asked about it, they just said it was harmless fun.

People try to be like the wooden puppet that learned about the stickers used by villagers, but, the human mind is complicated and remembers much. How can a person truly understand the impact of words? Answer: Living it themselves.