Tuesday we saw the Little Buck Private and his dealings with Corporal Punishment. Today is a follow-up, for some of the readers commented provocatively, and inspired this sequel.
Vee, whom I suspect you all know is my little sister to whom I referred in the article, said she could well-imagine the scene, even though she was not witness to it. Yes, I believe she knows very well what I was writing about. Then she said she wondered how I might have handled "time-out." I really don't know, though I thought about it a bit, tried to put myself back into my seven-year old self, and concluded that I probably would have handled it with a great deal of resentment. Whether or not it would have done me or anyone else any good is moot. Or put another way, I shudder to think.
Jacqueline remarked that in her case the admonition to obtain a good switch was followed up with the warning that if it broke, parent would "wear it out on you, then you will get another one." Yes, I can relate to that, too.
Shelly opined that it was too bad that the method described was not used more freely these days. Here is one fellow who concurs with that opinion. I am pleased to know that I am not alone.
Another reader who seems to be in agreement with Shelly and me is Sharkebytes. The switch she was required to procure was from the lilac bush. That would work. She opines that procuring the switch gave the culprit time and opportunity to reflect on the behavior that got her in trouble in the first place, and whether continuation of the behavior was worth the consequences.
All of which calls to mind a story my father told me about his brother, Ellis. Ellis was a year and a half younger than my dad, and as boys will do, he was climbing fool's hill, say along about thirteen years of age. Ellis had taken to going over to the neighboring farm and complaining to the old Dutchman about the severity with which his dad was treating him. The old fellow became convinced that Ellis was being abused, felt sorry for him, and told him to come on over and stay at his place. Ellis took him up on the offer.
Then on a Saturday a week or so later, and as all you farm folk may recall, Saturday was the day everyone went into town, Hans made the weekly trek. And so it was that Hans met some of the neighboring farmers at the general store. One of them said, "Ay, Hansie, I hear that Lacy kid is staying over to your place. How's that working out for you?"
Hans replied, "Ya. Boy says his Pa licks him pretty often. An' I tell ya that boy's Pa never gave him a mis-lick in his life, 'less he licked at him and missed!"