Sensitivity, By Maia

My name is Maia.  I am the youngest in my family.  I am nine years old and in third grade.  I am a very sensitive person and that is my difference.  Now, here is my story.

One time last year in second grade, we were practicing for our play on stage, and my friend told me about problems in the Middle East, involving Israel.  Because I am Jewish and go to a Jewish school, I got really scared.  My stomach tightened as I tried my best not to cry.   But then it came to the point where I couldn’t stop myself.  I started crying a lot and was sent to the nurse.  When I got there I was embarrassed because everyone at the nurse’s office was staring at me.  The nurse was really nice and comforting to me.

When I got home that night, what my friend had told me was all I could think about. I talked to my mom.  She said not to worry but I still did.  I wanted to move as far west as possible.  Eventually, I managed ot stop thinking about it and fall asleep, but these thoughts still scare me today.

There are good sides and bad sides to sensitivity.  One good side is that I have learned that if I am upset about something that I am not part of, it shows that I are a lot about it which is a good thing.  One bad side is that almost every day, I am crying.   I still have problems with sensitivity every day, but it is a difference that I am proud of.

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2 Responses to “Sensitivity, By Maia”

  1. AlisonJanuary 29, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Maia, I really enjoyed reading your story. I am a sensitive person too!

    At 45 years old, I have learned to appreciate the gift of being sensitive. When I was younger, I sometimes felt bad about it. People told me to “get over it”. But now I realize how special it makes me. I have a lot of empathy for others which has really helped me to be a better teacher and mom. I can really tune into my own and other people’s feelings. This helps me help others and has allowed me to make a positive impact in my family, neighborhood and profession.

    Thank you for sharing your story. I will share it with my twin girls who are also in 3rd grade… and also sensitive like us!

    • MegZuckerJanuary 30, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

      Thank you Alison–I’ll make sure to get Maia your message….

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