A DMK Production
Jacob is your fourteen year old son. Jacob rarely gives you any issues and is well behaved. Jacob has not required any sort of punishment or spanking in almost three years. In fact, the paddle is literally gathering dust on a shelf in the hall closet.
Your family lives out of state and, since Jacob was an infant, it has been tradition in your family that you and your spouse and Jacob travel to your parents' house and celebrate the holidays during the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Your father passed away last spring and your mother is in poor health and is dealing with Alzheimer's disease. Your only sibling, your brother, Bobby, now lives in your parents' house and cares for your mother. Bobby has never been married and has always been very hard to get along with. To put it nicely, Bobby has a difficult personality. Bobby and Jacob have never bonded as nephew and uncle and simply do not get along well.
Lately Jacob has been in a down mood and wasn't even his perky self for Christmas Day. You have been asking Jacob what is wrong and if he needs to talk but he says "he's just thinking" and doesn't want to talk.
Today is the day after Christmas (Boxing Day for most of the world) and is the day before you all are scheduled to leave. Jacob is in his room about to go to bed and Jacob has finally said he needs to talk. You go in to see Jacob.
Jacob is calm and polite but matter-of-fact. He says, "I am not going on the trip. I am sorry but I just will not be going. There is nothing you can do to make me go. Grandpa is gone and Granny doesn't even know who I am any more and I can't stand seeing her so sick. Also, the idea of having to be around Uncle Bobby for more than five minutes makes me ill. I get it that this is important to you so you guys go on without me. I wish you would let me stay home alone but I doubt you will do that so I talked to Tommy's (his best friend) parents and they said if it was OK with you that I could hang there while you guys were gone. If you need to punish me then that is fine but I am not going."
Jacob looks at you for a response.
And you . . . ?