author's note- Wrote this for a class project about bullying. I hope you guys like it. The first day of fifth grade some kids called him gay. They said he'll burn in hell because that's what the bible says. Branded with a 'fag' sign on his forehead. He was ignored and pushed away. "You are worth it" He exclaims. But the children on the playground fill their mouths with ammunition to tear his confidence away. From middle school to highschool he was put on meds that would drive his saddness away. He was made up of one thing and it was pills. They made him act right just for the moment but then bails. And in 11th grade he come out to his best friend. His friend told him to go back into the closet and stay there where he belongs. But the thing is there is no closet. Just a widening wound of lonliness. When a person can not trust a friend with the insecurities and troubles that kills him. Yes, he survived those days but with cuts and bruises on his heart nothing can truly mend those lacerations made. Even now, with a loving husband, who sees him and not the label that was made. those feelings that stem from that one sentence in fifth grade will never make him feel like he is truly worth it today.