A Memory Man Production
You have two boisterous boys. Frank, the elder, is a cheerful conscientious outgoing lad but Terry three years his junior is inclined to be rather moody and tends to sulk when things aren't going his way. Despite this the boys have a close relationship, largely because Terry looks up to his brother and Frank tends to look out for him. You run a pretty tight ship and moody Terry spends rather more time over your lap than his brother ever did at his age. Once Frank turned twelve though you introduced him to your dad's strap and decreed he keep it in his socks and underpants drawer as a daily reminder to behave. It appears to work since you've not used it in the last six months.
Frank is thirteen today. He is mad on model aeroplanes and you have bought him a kit complete with engine and radio control. This morning he has it open on the table with the parts spread out as he studies the instructions. Terry meanwhile is building a complex Lego model on the floor but keeps getting up to go to the table to pick parts up to look at them. After telling him several times to leave them alone Frank gets exasperated and gives Terry a violent push that sends him staggering to trip over and demolish his Lego, cutting his leg on the corner of a brick in the process and setting him off wailing.
You jump up and in a knee-jerk reaction you order Frank upstairs to get the strap out. He protests he hadn't meant to hurt Terry, he just wanted to keep him away from his model. Your wife intervenes on his behalf as she's putting a plaster on Terry's cut and you relent but you order him to get everything up into his room out of the way.
Peace reigns for an hour so and you help Terry repair his model. Then Frank comes back down and sits down beside Terry.
"That's good; did dad help you mend it?"
"Sniff!" Terry turned his back.
"Is your leg OK now?"
"Sorry I hurt you"
"Shall I help you with it?"
Frank sat cross legged for a while staring disconsolately at Terry's back. Then he got up and came over to your chair. Fighting tears back he said quietly "I'm ready now Dad. I'll go up and get the strap out" and he ran off up the stairs before you had time to respond.