“Look,” said Jillian. “Here comes Melissa. She has gotten so fat.”
“That wasn’t a very nice thing for you to say about Melissa,” said Master Hurtful Words.
“Maybe not,” said Jillian. “But it is true!”
“Calling someone fat is very hurtful,” said Master Hurtful Words. “You really shouldn’t do that. How do you know that Melissa can’t help the fact that she has gained weight? And, how would you like it if someone called you a name?”
“I don’t understand,” said Jillian. “People can control how much they eat.”
“What if her weight gain is caused by a medical condition or maybe Melissa is depressed,” said Master Hurtful Words. “You really shouldn’t judge a person until you know all the facts and even if you know all the facts, you should never use hurtful words.”
Jillian thought about what Master Hurtful Words had just said. She felt ashamed of calling Melissa fat.
“I do know that her parents are going through a messy divorce,” said Jillian. “I am so sorry. I shouldn’t have called her fat. That was a very hurtful thing for me to do.”
“I am not the one that you need to apologize to,” said Master Hurtful Words. “It looks to me like Melissa could use a friend.”
“You are right,” said Jillian, seeing Melissa sitting all alone at a picnic table, looking very sad and depressed.
Jillian went over to Melissa and talked to her as a friend. Melissa was overwhelmed with Jillian’s kindness. She started to cry.
“It is okay,” said Jillian, consoling Melissa with a hug. “I am your friend. If you ever need to talk to someone, I am here.”
Several other girls had seen Jillian’s kindness toward Melissa and they all hugged Melissa too.
“You know,” said Jillian when she saw Master Hurtful Words later on that day. “A hug is way more powerful than throwing hurtful words at someone.”
“Yes,” said Master Hurtful Words. “It sure is.”