K.J. - Mom, Livi is being mean to me!
Mom - Livi, stop being mean to your brother!
Liv comes into room with me
Mom - Olivia, are you being nice to your brother?
Liv - Uh-uh. [at least she's honest]
Mom - Well, you need to be kind to your brother because he loves you.
Liv walks back into room with K.J. -- slight pause
K.J. - Mom, Liv still isn't being nice!!!
So that's a little meanness on the small scale. However; the fact that she is two and spicy-like and innocent makes this meanness minuscule and insignificant.
(Update as we type:
K.J. - Mom, Liv STILL isn't being nice!!!)
There are, as you probably know, but
Livi - Mom, K.J. is being mean at me. K.J. needs be nice!)
Anyhow, as you probably know, there are big people out there who are mean just to be mean. You might know it, but you might not KNOW it. I learned something not quite so great this year: that there are people who genuinely like to be mean and will be mean for no apparent reason (other then just to be mean). And they will strike out at anyone with their ugliness -- me, you, old ladies, Mom's, no one is exempt. I dislike meanness. I really do. I'm against it.
So as we come to the close of a period in the life of my family where Mean People have shown us their true yucky colors and afflicted us with their unkindness, where they have stolen and lied and manipulated and hurt and taken, I would just like to say: Mean People Be Gone. You are banished forthwith. Thank you for showing me how I never want to be and what I will do anything to avoid. Thank you for making the high road look stony but mighty attractive. Thank you for leaving my life and the lives of those I love, and never ever come back! Good bye, ugly soul suckers. Be gone! The door has been closed on you in our lives forever.
And that, my friends, are my thoughts on Mean People. May they never invade your life.
If they do, call me. I will be there to guard you from them, or I will rent billboards to tell of their wicked dealings and listen to you as you sorrow for their actions. I will also rejoice with you when they are gone!!! Hallelujah! But mostly, may they just never invade your life. That is my wish for you.