When You Call Me a Hurtful Nickname

This week, a child who I don’t know very well called me a hurtful name, ‘Deaf F—–‘ (Rhymes with Maggot).’ Instead of staying upset at him (he later apologized), I wrote “The Power of a Name.” You are welcome to share this with anyone you think it may help.

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THE POWER OF A NAME

Before you continue to call me by a nickname, consider the power behind it.

When you continue to call me Jerk, I may begin to see myself this way and, instead of becoming a nicer person, I will believe I am a jerk and continue to treat you this way.

When you continue to call me Stupid, I might let that word sink to my core and influence my thoughts and choices for the rest of my life.

When you continue to call me Slob, I likely will not pick up after myself any faster but instead will give up trying.

When you continue to call me Slow, I may try to increase my mental or physical speed to the point of irreparable exhaustion.

When you continue to call me Loser, I may choose only to disappoint your expectations.

When you continue to call me Crazy, I may let that sink into my mind and never leave.

When you call me by the name printed on my birth certificate, or the name I wish was on my birth certificate, I know that you know who I am—a Person instead of a nickname.

When you continue to call me by my name, you will get my attention. When you refuse to use a nickname, you may gain my trust.

If you have ever called me by a nickname that is hurtful and you tell me you are truly sorry, you may even earn my respect.

Forget the nickname.

Call me by my name.

-Shanna Groves

To learn more about hearing loss, deafness, and the importance of refraining from hurtful words, visit Lipreading Mom’s Stop Hearing Loss Bullying page.

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13 thoughts on “When You Call Me a Hurtful Nickname

  1. Wonderful post, Shanna! How many of us still remember the names we were called as children and how that has affected us for a lifetime!

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  2. Hi Shanna, lovely post and straight to my heart as someone who has experienced bullying all through comprehensive school and even in adult life.

    I have just shared this on my Facebook page and would love to, with your permission, share your poem with my blog readers on Liz’s deaf blog, which I will link back to this original post.

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