Bullies...we all know them, we've all been affected by one, perhaps even been one (I can't claim that one as a kid, I was so timid that no one even knew I was back there--hiding behind my mom's leg). It seems to start early--even in preschool...on the playground and on the bus. You've seen the kids: "You can't come to my party if you play with Susie today", "You can't sit with us" (but I want to play with you after school), shoving kids off the swing or to the back of the bus. You wonder who the parents of these kids are--some are sweet, some are just like their kids and some are both, but only let you see their public personality. Believe me the kids still pick it up and it's hard to get rid of.
Fast forward from the bus stop 20 years. Have you ever seen a woman berate a young barista for putting whipped cream on her double turtle latte (I don't think the whipped cream is gonna put you over the edge after all the other s*@% inside that cute little cup) or a man fluff his feathers and get in his girl friends face for talking to cute bartender for 3 seconds too long? Next time you do check out the face of the person being "attacked"--it's heart breaking no matter how old the victim is.
Keep your eyes and your heart open and remember your kids are watching you (and the people you hang with)!