Louisa Manning was bullied by an older boy when she was in grade school. At only 12 years old, she was called horrible names like “manbeast.” She was made fun of for her bushy eyebrows, hairy legs, and weight. It happened everyday for years. It affected her so much that it pushed her to become anorexic, and the unhealthy lifestyle took a horrible toll on her body.
But when she started college, she found friends and began to turn her life around. She adopted a healthier lifestyle and saw her confidence return one day at a time. Until one day, she ran into the boy that had destroyed her self confidence, one comment at a time. She was shocked when he didn’t recognize her, so she kept quiet. He asked her out on a date and she graciously accepted.
She stopped by the restaurant before he arrived and told the staff to hand him a photograph and this penned letter instead.
So sorry I can’t join you tonight. Remember year 8, when I was fat and you made fun of my weight? No? I do — I spent the following three years eating less than an apple a day. So I’ve decided to skip dinner.
Remember the monobrow you mocked? The hairy legs you were disgusted by? Remember how every day for three years, you and your friends called me Manbeast? No perhaps you don’t — or you wouldn’t have seen how I look eight years later and deemed me [********] enough to treat me like a human being.
I thought I’d send you this as a reminder. Next time you think of me, picture that girl in this photo, because she’s the one who just stood you up.
She posted her revenge on Facebook, and soon received a reply.
She posted it in order to clear his name, although many people agree that it wasn’t a very good apology, and that he probably hadn’t changed that much if that was all he had to say about the matter.
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