By Robert A. Vella
Back in grammar school, I remember these two kids who hated each other. They fought constantly and looked for any opportunity to cause trouble for the other. In the classroom, they had to be separated. On the playground, the rest of us were forced to either take sides or try to avoid the hostilities which we knew was coming. The bigger child was a blowhard and a dumb-ass. The smaller child was a mischievous little jerk. Although the big kid had the advantage of size, he was clumsy and dim-witted. He was also very insecure and needed constant reassurance from the other children, his teachers, and his parents. The smaller kid was supremely self-confident and defiant. He couldn’t care less about what anyone thought of him.
Eventually, the big kid realized he couldn’t win. The smaller kid almost always got the better of him. So, he tried to make peace. Pressured by our teacher, his nemesis slyly agreed. They shook hands and promised to “play nice” from then on. Everyone cheered! Finally, we could go to school and not have to contend with that daily turmoil!
A week later, the peace was broken and never returned.