Charlotte — This is amazing perspective on looking within to understand what’s happening outside. I liked the sentence about Darlene holding a mirror up to you. I remember using a lot of sarcasm when I was that age. Was it a protection mechinism? The best defense is a good offense? I see it with my teen and his peers. Young people are generally not very nice to each other. As with all things in life, some get away with it better than others.
In my house, I try to hold up the mirror when I see those behaviors.
You have certainly grown into an insightful person! Thank you for sharing your personal story.