“They Teased Me!” Think Before Doing It

“They teased me!” Most people can say that phrase at some point in life. Teasing can be taken lightly, but it can also be felt deeply. Sometimes so deeply, it causes low self-esteem. At an early age, I was teased and given a nickname that negatively impacted how I viewed myself. It took years of correction before the stigma left me. Think about the impact of ‘kidding” before you do it.

The excerpt from the book “An American Story: My Family and Yours” reveals how one person chose to look at teasing from siblings.

In An American Story, Percy shares how he dealt with the phrase, "They teased me!"

Percy and Ann Ferguson


They Teased Me About My Clothes

They Teased Me: “One of the things I get teased about by my brothers, is how I dress.  I believe there are work clothes and dress clothes.  When I am not working, I like to “dress-up.”  Sometimes, people think I over dress, well . . . that’s their problem.  Nobody buys my clothes and nobody tells me how to wear them. 

My Cars Brought Laughter

The second thing I get teased about . . . the number of cars I have.  Let’s see, I have a truck for work, one to drive around in when I’m not working, a car . . . and I did have a van.  Some fool stole it out of my driveway one night, and those insurance people wouldn’t give me enough money to get another like the one stolen.  You know, those guys like to collect premiums, and when it is time to “pay up” for something, they find every excuse and loophole in the book, to not pay!   It’s just a racket! 

Back to my cars . . . I counted only four vehicles.  Hmm-m, I forgot about Ann’s car.  That makes five.  Well . . . if you can afford to buy one . . . buy it!  That’s what I say!”

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Percy tells his grandson how to handle the phrase, "They teased me!"

This is a picture of the grandson of Ann and Percy. He has spent several months learning his grandparents and soaking up some of their wisdom. To date, he does not have a sibling to “tease him.”

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