Dear Aunts and Uncles at Bransom,
I hear you all are really good at helping kids in trouble. That's me - a kid in trouble. I am Charlie and I am fourteen. I am in eight grade at a strict private school. I did a really silly thing this morning. I skipped school. I did not go do anything bad, I just walked off campus and went to the park that is close by. I guess I see now that it was wrong but it is a beautiful day today. If I had to sit and listen about prepositions and parabolas on a day like today, I would have snapped. So it was for my sanity and everyone's safety that I skipped. So, I spent the morning playing on the swings, sleeping on the warm grass and sharing my lunch with some pigeons. My science teacher decided to go have lunch at the park. You guessed it - BUSTED! He took me back to school and gave me to the principal. I got chewed out real bad. You would have thought I had killed the Governor's dog or something when all I did was spend the morning hanging out in the park. Well it looks like skipping is a serious thing at our school. It means I have to get paddled or my parents can elect to punish me instead. If my parents don't punish me then I will get four licks on Monday morning. Oh yeah, today is Friday. The principal called Mom. I could tell she wasn't happy. Perhaps the Governor's dog is dead?
So, I get home and Mom sends me straight to my room to wait on Dad because "she is too angry to deal with me." Jeez, Mom, it was just a morning in the park. Dad is not much better. He chews me out too and talks about the importance of education and responsibility and personal safety. So Dad gives me a choice. He can punish me or I can take the paddling on Monday. If he punishes me I can either get a spanking or be grounded for the weekend. If he spanks me, it will be ten licks with his belt on my bare butt. If I am grounded, I will spend the weekend in my room with no electronics or contact with friends. Or, yeah, I can take a paddling at school. Dad also says he will entertain any other reasonable and fair idea I may come up with.
OK, Dad's spankings hurt but it will be done and over. I really don't have plans for the weekend but still the grounding sounds really boring. If I take the licks, I will have to wait and I bet it will hurt just about as bad as Dad's belt but I can establish some cred with the kids at school. Dad says to let him know by bed time.
What should I choose? Any ideas for something that might be "reasonable and fair?"