A Memory Man Production
Your son Layton, age twelve, can be somewhat wayward at times but is kept in check by his experience of the efficacy of the supple well nourished strap hanging in the barn, the strap that played a significant part in keeping you, your father, his father and his father before him in line.
You are not a cruel man and you get no pleasure from whipping Layton - but you have your fatherly duty to do, that's just the way it is and always has been.
Yesterday Layton earned himself a whipping but you commuted it to a day's grounding with a list of extra chores round the farm that you thought would keep him busy all day whilst you were at market. You got your business finished a bit early and as you drove your truck through the ford you saw Layton amongst a group of boys at the swimming hole a short way upstream. Angry, you stopped the truck and called him over to you to demand an explanation.
"I got everything finished and I was so sweaty I just ran down for a cooler" he explained.
"Get in the truck." You told him tersely.
Back at the farm you stopped by the barn and sent him to prepare for his whipping whilst you parked the truck and checked on his chores. You were surprised to find every task completed to your entire satisfaction and furthermore he'd cleared up afterwards.
Somewhat mollified you make your way to the barn to deal with Layton's defiance of his grounding. On arrival you find Layton has spread a horse blanket across a bale, has dutifully stripped and is already lying across it with the strap laid out ready alongside. As you pick up the strap you reflect that in different circumstances you would have been praising, perhaps even rewarding his efforts. His bare cheeks start to clench and unclench in anticipation of the coming onslaught and you wonder............?
Will a single lash be sufficient - or is this even an occasion to be an old softie and just replace the strap on its hook?