Jeremy is a quiet and normally well-behaved kid, but he is still a kid, and you've found it necessary to correct him from time to time. Basically anything works, but you've found corporal punishment best, since it's over quickly and allows you both to move on. You've always punished his bare bottom, though what you've used has changed over the years. Jeremy is definitely not a fan of being spanked (except as opposed to being grounded), and he begs and pleads when he's about to get it, but once it's over, he's almost always ready to apologize and make up with you.
This week is spring break. You couldn't afford a ski trip, and none of you wanted to mess with the crowds on the beaches. A friend offered to let you make use of his lakeside cabin. You've had a good time, but Jeremy has been a bit more quiet than normal - almost withdrawn at times.
This evening, after dinner, Jeremy disappeared. When you went outside, you saw him sitting on the dock.
He nods, but then is quiet for a few minutes. You give him time to gather his thoughts.
"Did you bring the paddle?" he finally asks.
"I didn't think we'd need it, champ."
That's the literal truth, since you haven't punished Jeremy since before Halloween, when he was still thirteen.
After a moment, you give him a verbal prod.
"Is there something you wanted to tell me."
"I'm gay. I didn't say anything for a while, because I wasn't really sure, but now I have a boy friend. The thing is, I've been spending a lot of time with him, but I didn't know how to tell you, so I was lying about where I've been going. And I mean a lot. Sometimes I'd tell you like, I was going to the library, and I really would, but it would be to meet him. Other times, I'd just totally lie and go to his house."
"I know I deserve to be punished," he continues, "but please don't ground me. I already miss Dwight so much, just these few days. I know I'm too old now, but couldn't you please just whup me?"