Hey, Bloggy Friends. Welcome to Time-Warp Tuesday!
I really enjoyed reading all of your comments on my post yesterday. I was shocked to see how many of us had been whipped in school for being naughty. Some of you rascals were even whipped more than once! After I was paddled, I remember being so afraid that my parents would find out and punish me. I kept it from them, and prayed my teacher would never tell. My Mom was one of the homeroom mothers, so she would come to my class quite often. I would shiver in my Nike Air Jordans anytime she'd walk in. I guess the teacher never told her, though, because I never got in trouble.
Since today is Time-Warp Tuesday, I thought I'd take the opportunity to expand on another funny situation that nearly caused me to get another paddling. It all happened on a rainy day that very same year. We weren't able to go outside for recess, so our teacher, Ms. Matlock, let us have "playtime" in the classroom. We were all scattered about the room in our little groups when my friend Crystal and I started to argue. I can't remember what the skirmish was about, but it led to her eventually taking my arm and pinching quite a plug out of it! I was in a lot of pain, but I wasn't about to let her walk away unscathed, so I reached forward and gave her a stinging pinch she'd never forget. My attack must have been a little worse than hers, because moments later she started to bawl. When Ms. Matlock saw there was a problem in the room she approached us to see what was happened. "He pinched me," Crystal cried.
"She pinched me first," I screamed before she had a chance to ask.
The whole class went silent as Ms. Matlock grabbed us both by the arms and led us into the hallway. On the way out she grabbed the paddle! "Oh no," I thought, "not again!" My bum was still stinging from the last blow.
Outside she asked us what had taken place. Crystal told her that I pinched her then held out her arm to show the gory evidence. In a strategic move I told the teacher something that I knew she couldn't whip me over. "Ms. Matock," I said nervously, "Crystal pinched me first and my Daddy told me whenever somebody picks on me I have to stand up for myself and fight back." In my mind I knew she could never punish me for something my father told me to do - and I got off scotch free! Right then and there Ms. Matlock bent Crystal over and gave her a whop I can still hear to this day. I felt kind of bad, but at least I wouldn't have to agonize over another paddling. I walked away feeling pretty smart!
A few years later paddling would actually be banned throughout the country. I believe Kentucky was one of the last states to implement that policy - so for me it came a little too late!
I hope you all have a great night. Thanks for all the great comments. I adore hearing your stories - so keep them coming!
Love, Josh the Pincher!
This is a picture of me and some friends at my 10th birthday party in that very same year (1988). Can you guess which one is Me? Can you spot my brother, Derek?