Once there was a very small person who had feelings. They had
many feelings and got them every day. Their family liked them when
they showed their feelings. So....they started wearing them on their
One day one of the parents said they did NOT like to see the
small persons FEAR feeling anymore, so the small person tried to
pull it off. The parent said they would give the small person some TOUGH to cover their FEAR.
It was very hard to cover the FEAR with
TOUGH so the other parent and grandparents helped. It took many
days. "Now you look wonderful" the parents said when it was done.
"We've covered some of your feelings with TOUGH. You will grow
into a good strong person."
When the small person was a little older they found a friend. The
friend also wore their feelings on their sleeve. One day the friend
said "my parents want me to cover up my LONELY feelings and I will
be different from now on." And they were! The small person decided
to cover their LONELY feelings too and they got ANGER from
another adult. The small person put the big patches of ANGER on top
of their LONELY. It was hard work trying to cover the LONELY
One day when the small person went to school some of their LONELY
feelings started to show. So, the teacher kept them later and gave
them some GUILT to cover the LONELY feelings. Sometimes at night
when they were alone the small person would look at their feelings.
They would pull off the TOUGH and ANGER to look at their
LONELY and FEAR. Then they would have to take a long time
putting the TOUGH, ANGER and GUILT on again.
One night they noticed their LONELY and FEAR were growing and
beginning to stick out around the patches. The small person had to
go out to find some more ANGER to cover the LONELY and got all
the TOUGH that their parents could spare to cover their FEAR.
This small person grew bigger and was very popular. Everyone said
that this person could hide their feelings well. One day the persons
parents said they had a PROUD feeling because the person had so
much TOUGH. But, the person could not find anywhere to put the
PROUD feeling because the TOUGH was getting so big. The person
had trouble finding any room on their sleeve for any other feelings.
The TOUGH and the ANGER were all that showed.
Then one day they met another person and became friends. They
thought that they were a lot alike because they both had only
TOUGH and ANGRY feelings showing. But one day the friend told
the person a secret. "I'm not really like you.....my TOUGH and
ANGRY are really only patches to hide my FEAR and LONELY..."
The friend then pulled back the edge of their TOUGH and showed
the person FEAR - just for a second.
The person sat quiet and did not speak. Then carefully they pulled
back a little edge of their TOUGH and showed their FEAR. The
friend saw the LONELY underneath. Then the friend gently
reached out and touched the persons FEAR and then the
friends touch was like magic. A feeling of ACCEPTANCE appeared
on the persons sleeves, and the TOUGH and ANGER were smaller.
Then the person knew that whenever someone gave him
ACCEPTANCE they would need less TOUGH and then there would
be more room to show their REAL feelings whatever they
(This story was found by change.
We acknowledge whoever was inspired to
write it and apologize for not being able
to give them credit by name.)
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