Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
Little Timmy had been expressing himself for several hours. Wandering around the house, he had streaked mud on the floor and the walls. He had used his finger paints on the carpeting. He had smeared the contents of his diaper on his crib and the wall during his “nap.”
He had dumped his bowl on top of his head at lunch, banging his spoon on the tray and hollering for more. He had flushed his shirt down the toilet. He had used the bathtub for a urinal. He had run one of his Matchbox cars on the table top, leaving a tangle of scratches.
Then he turned his attention to his mommy’s yarn basket, knotting up the strands so badly that she threw it out in despair. When he took the arm of the stereo and moved it back and forth across the record she’d been playing, something big snapped in Mommy’s head.
She took his little earlobe between her fingers, pulling him into the kitchen where she found a little wooden spoon. Divesting Timmy of his diaper, she bent him over her knee and whacked his backside.
He screamed, “NOOOoooooo! Hurts, Mommy!”
“I know. You’ve been hurting me all day. Time for me to express myself, young man. Enough is enough!” And she whacked him again.
While they were making up, him sobbing on her lap while she hugged him, he said, “I sowwy, Mommy.” And she said, “I love you, Timmy, but there are limits on how you may express yourself. Well, tomorrow is a new day. But I think we’re going to keep this spoon in plain sight for a while.”
PS. Some of you may be horrified that this child was admonished in such an old-fashioned way. I know it’s not politically correct to spank a child these days. I can only tell you that if more moms and dads had used this quick and impressive reminder on a recalcitrant child, I wouldn’t have so many unhappy, rebellious teens sitting in my counseling office complaining that their parents don’t understand them. The child in this little story is not Timmy. He may recognize himself. He’s a happy, contributing, well-adjusted adult with children of his own.