“Hey! That hurt!” When we’re children, those words come easily… Someone gives pain and someone lets them know they didn’t like it. Babies cry when unhappy while children mature and use words or retaliate with equal pain to their offender.
As a teacher, I’ve seen children do both. And as they mature through the years, it is interesting to notice which arises more often… The words or the sock to the mid-section.
Boys can come to blows, duke it out and then it’s over. Or they may have an exchange of words and then it’s, “Hey man, sorry… Are we good? Yeah? Okay then, see ya ’round.” But the point is that it’s over. I never raised a daughter and in my birth home, I was closer to my brother than anyone else. So in making inquiries about the habits of females, I was told that girls twist it in every direction, nurse the injury into a frenzy, and then maybe apologize to end it or just tell everyone on the planet how horribly this person or that has hurt them. And all of this is called the nature