My freshman year of high school was similar to Auggie’s. Though I’d been popular and had my group in elementary and middle school, I didn’t do cliques and would rather have died than leave someone out. Things changed when I got into a college prep school but didn’t start there until ninth grade, unlike most of my friends who made the move in seventh. By the time I got there, the cliques were in full force. Not only was I no longer part of the group, I was bullied by an upperclassman who sunk her talons into my boyfriend and rallied her minions to torture me. Add to that the fact that I didn’t fit in with the Black kids because I wasn’t “Black enough” or the White kids because I obviously wasn’t. I got called Peppermint Patty and Oreo Cookie – Black on the outside, white on the inside. I loved to learn but there were days I didn’t feel like I wanted to live. Thankfully, my soul sister, Josette, befriended me sophomore year. I LOVE HER TO THIS DAY. Still, you couldn’t pay me enough to go back to high school! My peers would have done well to see “Wonder”…
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose lover of movies that teach powerful lessons, I highly recommend “Wonder” if you’re looking for a family friendly movie for the holiday season. Or if just want/need a reminder that darkness is usually overcome by light. In this world of bullying and zero tolerance policies that are nearly impossible to enforce, Hollywood got this one right and we’d all do well to watch it, whether we have children or not. Auggie is the center of his family and they orbit around him. He is the figurative “sun”. Fitting because like so many specially gifted individuals, his light shines bright and illuminates. So does this movie. It’s a beacon of hope: If we choose kind, the world can be a brighter place for us all to learn, live, and love.
Hope you see the movie! I’d love to hear what you think of it and how you can be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose with the lessons it teaches.
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach