Henry Larsen | | journalstar.com


When I was about 10 years old, I received a spanking for something I did not do. My feelings were hurt more than anything else but I was feeling pretty miserable.

Source: Henry Larsen | | journalstar.com

When I was about 10 years old, I received a spanking for something I did not do. My feelings were hurt more than anything else but I was feeling pretty miserable. I remember thinking “It’s not fair!”

At the dinner table that night, my 8-year-old brother, Stanley, with head hung low confessed that he had done the misdeed.

My father had to think quickly to right this wrong but it only took him a couple seconds. His response restored justice in an instant and brought great laughter to the entire family.

Dad slowly pushed his chair back, leaned forward just a bit and announced for God and everyone to hear, “Next time Keith does something wrong, I’ll give Stanley a spanking.”

Of course we never did swap spankings but in that moment, at that table, Dad had artfully restored my dignity and sense of justice.”

— Keith Larsen, Lincoln

 

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