Interview with Michael/Mrs. Phelps...Question

i saw the interview and i was a bit befuddled when she wa ssaying how mature he was for pretending he didnt remember the kid and essentially ignoring him. i think thats actually very immature. i was never teased as a child, but i know i'll teach my daughter to treat people with kindness even if they have done your wrong in the past. not be a doormat, but at least be cordial. in the same situation i think the best approach would be to say, "yes i remember you," and leave it at that.
Originally Posted by subbrock
I saw it too, about an hour ago. There's no doubt in my mind that he was snubbing the guy. The mother said something along the lines of, "Michael knew who he was and decided not to even acknowledge him. I was so proud of him."

The teasing must have been relentless and quite hurtful for Michael's mom to be proud of her son at that moment. As a mom of a son who gets teased for being "different," it does hurt when your child is ostracized. It's hard for me to say if I'd be okay with my son doing what Michael did.
well in my culture we like to curse people out after they've been mean to us. lol
Given the teasing I went through in middle school/jr high and high school, by the same people over and over again for years, to me to say hi and act friendly to them today would be saying it was okay. Some of those same people to this day will say things like "why would you talk to her, she was such a dork in hs?" I think acknowledging them would be a much bigger insult to me, than my ignoring them is. With some people there is a point to being a bigger person, and with others there is none.
Wonder what Michael's dad is thinking? Had he been around, maybe the teasing wouldn't have had such an impact. Since he wasn't around though, a bond developed with the coach and Michael that led to the success we've seen.
Originally Posted by Myradella3

I hope his father feels like a huge dick. I have absolutely no respect for any parent who abandons their child, and it would serve him right if Michael snubs him like he did to the kid who used to tease him when (not if, when) the father comes slinking back to get some of that Olympic endorsement money.
Given the teasing I went through in middle school/jr high and high school, by the same people over and over again for years, to me to say hi and act friendly to them today would be saying it was okay. Some of those same people to this day will say things like "why would you talk to her, she was such a dork in hs?" I think acknowledging them would be a much bigger insult to me, than my ignoring them is. With some people there is a point to being a bigger person, and with others there is none.
Originally Posted by Amandacurls
the point of being the bigger person is to not bring yourself down to someone else's level. to do the right thing, even if they dont. if youre being the bigger person so that the other person will acknowledge it, then youre kind of missing the point. and in that case, youre the reason that there is no point in doing it.

and when i say you i mean the general you.
Given the teasing I went through in middle school/jr high and high school, by the same people over and over again for years, to me to say hi and act friendly to them today would be saying it was okay. Some of those same people to this day will say things like "why would you talk to her, she was such a dork in hs?" I think acknowledging them would be a much bigger insult to me, than my ignoring them is. With some people there is a point to being a bigger person, and with others there is none.
Originally Posted by Amandacurls
You know..maybe I'm saying this because I was a dork in hs but I find it funny how some people still define you by how you were in hs. I feel like the people who do that have not accomplished much in their lives after hs.
Given the teasing I went through in middle school/jr high and high school, by the same people over and over again for years, to me to say hi and act friendly to them today would be saying it was okay. Some of those same people to this day will say things like "why would you talk to her, she was such a dork in hs?" I think acknowledging them would be a much bigger insult to me, than my ignoring them is. With some people there is a point to being a bigger person, and with others there is none.
Originally Posted by Amandacurls
You know..maybe I'm saying this because I was a dork in hs but I find it funny how some people still define you by how you were in hs. I feel like the people who do that have not accomplished much in their lives after hs.
Originally Posted by Josephine
that totally describes my friend. he was considered a dork when he was in school and still defines himself this way. hes 28, still lives at home with his mom, hasnt yet started a career (hes had jobs but no career), and has never even dated because he thinks that everyone still sees him as the dork from hs.
Given the teasing I went through in middle school/jr high and high school, by the same people over and over again for years, to me to say hi and act friendly to them today would be saying it was okay. Some of those same people to this day will say things like "why would you talk to her, she was such a dork in hs?" I think acknowledging them would be a much bigger insult to me, than my ignoring them is. With some people there is a point to being a bigger person, and with others there is none.
Originally Posted by Amandacurls
You know..maybe I'm saying this because I was a dork in hs but I find it funny how some people still define you by how you were in hs. I feel like the people who do that have not accomplished much in their lives after hs.
Originally Posted by Josephine
that totally describes my friend. he was considered a dork when he was in school and still defines himself this way. hes 28, still lives at home with his mom, hasnt yet started a career (hes had jobs but no career), and has never even dated because he thinks that everyone still sees him as the dork from hs.
Originally Posted by subbrock
That sucks. When I left hs, I was really glad and wanted a different kind of life.

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