Week 40: Trouble. What happened when you got into trouble as a child? What was punishment like in your home?
I was the youngest in my family, and quite a bit younger than my brother & sister. By the time I was 11 my sister was married, and my brother was away at college. Therefore I was like an only child, we lived on a farm 4 miles from town, our nearest neighbor was 1/4 mile away. I spent much of my free time reading. Things I got in trouble for was not doing things when I was supposed to. I was expected to do the the supper dishes while my parents were out milking the cows. If I didn’t have them done, I still had to do them, after they came in .
My father did not believe in spankings, but he did believe in discipline. He could give a look that would absolutely melt me. I tried not to ever get that look. My mother did give me a swat when I wouldn’t come out to help pluck the chickens, one day. I don’t know why I did not want to come out, but ended up helping.
The worst punishment I received was from my father. I was about 12 or 13, and I sassed my mother, he heard me. I can still see him sitting in his rocker, and said “SLAP HER.” To this day I do not know if my mother slapped me or not, but his words stung worse than any spanking or slap ever could.
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