Your neighbor to one side, Jack, is a single man, who owns his own businesses, and raises foster kids. You don't even try to keep track of how many he actually has, because he's also honorary uncle for a huge number more. His house is a magnet for local boys, and that includes yours. Since you teach extra classes during summer sessions, and your wife works, all your kids, but especially your sons, spend a lot of time with him. As your family got to know his, and you got to know him, you extended him more authority over your kids, until he was handling discipline issues with them that occurred when they were at his house.
In particular, your 13-year old son, Kirby, is close friends with several of Jack's kids. His closest friend is another 13-year old skateboarder, but he also gets along with Colt, Jack's 10-year old. Kirby is a bit on the small side, and, while Colt's not especially big, he is pretty smart, and sometimes lacks patience with his peers, so he has a number of somewhat older friends.
Kirby is due in by 8pm on school nights. This evening, you caught him trying to sneak in at about 8:25. This isn't the first time he's violated curfew, so you send him to his room to get ready for a spanking.
When you pass sentence, he tries to explain that he and Colt were out, playing 'Spy', a game several of the local boys have been playing, which mostly involves boys pretending to sneak around and be secret agents. You tell him that you don't care why he was late, just that he was.
At that point, he tells you, nearly in tears, that 'Uncle Jack' had sent him home, and sent Colt to finish his chores and get ready for bed. Instead, the two of them snuck out to the park to finish their 'mission'. Before they could get back in, Uncle Jack came and found them. Both of them got spanked for disobeying.
"My butt still burns dad, and it's not fair I get spanked again. Please!"
Is it fair, or is it two different offenses?
- If you call Jack:
he tells you that he did spank both of them, and that it was about an average spanking. You know your boys are very impressed with Jack's regular sessions.
- If you check:
Kirby's little cheeks are still rosy.