GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY
By Kathy-Lynn Cross and her son Joshua
Hello, my name is Kathy-Lynn Cross, author of the Unseen Series.
In honor of Anti-bullying & Cancer awareness month, my family and I pulled together for both causes. My son would like to share a story about anti-bullying with you. This was something he witnessed at his High School, last year. And to be quite honest we are very proud of him.
Here is Joshua’s Story:
Concern Gave Me a Voice
One day at school I didn’t feel like eating my lunch so I went to lay down on the edge of one of the planters in the quad. Using my binder as a pillow and my sweater as a blanket, I laid down. Watching my friends’ converse and everyone else going about their normal routine, I stared to dose off.
A few moments later I heard a ruckus behind me. As I glanced over, I saw a junior and a freshman walk toward each other. The freshman said, “Hey what’s up man?”
Then the junior said, “Why are you talking to me, Shrimp?” Then he pushed him.
The freshman with his hands up said, “I don’t want any trouble.”
I sat up and started watching them intently.
Then the junior pushed the guy again and smacked the freshman’s binder out of his hands. The freshman looked shocked at the junior. Then the junior shoved the freshman to the ground.
While this was going on, I looked around to discover no one was paying attention to them. Everyone was going about their own business with blinders on.
Anger and disappointment washed over me as I comprehended the situation. I found my voice and got up. Rushing up to the bully, I got in his face and said, “What do you think you are doing? You best back off from this freshman, Lad.”
Then the junior started to laugh.
Behind me, I noticed the freshman was laughing as well. Puzzled, I glanced at both of them and realized they were laughing together. The junior helped the freshman up from the ground. Then they both explain that they were conducting a community test with their class. They wanted to see if someone would stand up to a bully.
Still trying to process what was happening. I found myself mobbed by a crowd of guys. They patted me on the back, congratulated me with high fives, and showered me with praise for taking charge and trying to defuse the situation with words and not fists.
As they were cheering me on, the freshman came over to me and said, “Good job man. I’m proud of you.”
Then I turned to him and said, “You’ve got to watch for yourself and remember no one deserves to be treated like that.”
The group of kids in the quad all started to applaud and here I thought I was just helping someone out by giving them my voice.
“I can’t even explain how proud we are of him.” ~Kathy-Lynn Cross
October has two very special causes that we as a family are placing a spotlight on, Anti-bullying and Cancer. My aunt was diagnosed with breast Cancer two years ago. It was an emotional time, for her especially. And after undergoing surgery, and then radiation treatments, she has been Cancer free for the past year.
As a family, we have put together a Two for Giveaway. REAPER T has set aside his pride and persuaded his minion to turn pink.
“Because reapers can wear pink too.”
We have two prize packs we are giving away. YES! I’m giving away two pink reapers, two Unseen mystery coffins, two bonus prizes my daughter has made and a signed copy of So Shall I Reap. One prize for a special winner and a second prize for the winner to giveaway to whomever they want. As long as they, “pay ‘kindness’ forward.” I have set up a Rafflecopter to enter the “Reapers Scythe Cancer and Unkindness,” giveaway. It will start Monday, Oct 12th @ noon and end at midnight on Saturday, Oct 31st . (or 12 a.m. Nov 1st)
“Remember to spread the word, and give kindness a hand, by doing a good deed.”
From my family to yours…
Scythe ya later! x.x
ABOUT KATHY-LYNN CROSS:
Born in Pomona, California, Kathy-Lynn Cross lived there for twelve years until her family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada—where she resides still to this day. Inspired by the backdrop of Sin City, Kathy-Lynn took her English professor’s advice and wrote about the hometown that she knew.
Kathy-Lynn wasn’t always a writer. In 2008, when her niece was hospitalized, Kathy-Lynn decided to do something special for her so she wrote a short tale for her to read. After devouring it in a single day, her niece and the nurses in the pediatrics wing quickly asked her, “What’s next?”
That was when a new chapter in her life opened up, and Kathy-Lynn realized that she wanted to become a Storyweaver.
Kathy-Lynn loves the color red and obsessively uses it in everything, including her bottle-blonde hair accented by red highlights. She has a knack for baking and cake decorating—that is, when her fingers are not busy writing mayhem. When recharging, you could find her curled up with a cup of coffee and a good book or spending time with her hubby of nineteen years, two kids, four cats, and the family dog.