I learned to fight. How I fight? Be good with words. Diplomacy. Duck Aim for weak spots if I must. Be the fastest runner.
Served me well in 3rd, 4th, 5th grade. Beyond 5th grade, fights were infrequency beyond a 7th grade event where I was pushed in a circle of middle schoolers along with another kid.
1/2 chanted my name. 1/2 chanted the other guy’s name,.
I gave him the bloody nose. Neither one of us wanted to fight but we did anyway.
He got suspended. I didn’t.
20 years later at a party, he was drunk and cried on my shoulder about that day, apologizing. All this time, he blamed himself. Of course I forgave him – I never blamed him in the first place.