At ten years old, I was falsely accused by a teacher of leng a jump rope on the playground. She assigned me the outrageous punishment of writing 5000 sentences. I refused.
She sent me to the principal's office. He used a wooden paddle and beat my buttocks and back of legs 10 times.
I'll never forget the smile on his face as he told me to bend over.
I'll never forget the agony of not being able to sit down.
I'll never forget the look on my mom's face when she saw my naked butt on the way to the shower; black and blue from the butt to the back of the knee.
She left it to my dad to deal with who only stated that I needed to learn how to avoid trouble.
I went from a happy schoolboy to an absolute terror.
I learned to evade teachers and anyone else in authority.
I played pranks on teachers, let the air out of teachers' car tires, etc.
On days when I knew I would be caught, I wore two pairs of pants and as much underwear as possible.
I would fake the cry when paddled then give my schoolmates a smirk as I came out of the office.
This was at a religious school. The paddling woke me to the fact that these religious authority figures were tyrants. I became an agnostic.
I didn't learn to be care-free and happy again until I had children of my own. They taught me how to laugh again.
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