One of my young neighbor received a spanking on Wednesday.
Her screams jarred me out of the drudgery of washing my dishes, but it was the sound of the belt on her skin that made me pay attention.
I could hear what was going on because the temperatures were so mild that day, my dining room and her family's dining room windows were open. A narrow breezeway separates our buildings so if someone is speaking in a normal tone, you can hear what they're saying at any moment.
So you can only imagine how a scream can carry.
As I stood in the kitchen at the sink listening to the belt hit its mark, I was terribly conflicted. I believe that people should, if necessary, administer corporal punishment to their children as a means of discipline. I've never been one of those spare the rod people.
I was spanked as a child and I can honestly say that those experiences, right or wrong, helped shaped me into the adult I am today.
I'm a firm believer that if you don't discipline your child now, the police will do it later.
But this didn't feel right.
I don't know if it was the length of the spanking (10 mins) or that the belt sounded particularly vicious but I felt more and more nauseated with each blow.
Should I call the police? What exactly caused the spanking? Was the little girl acting up? Did Mom have a bad day and a small infraction set her off?
I didn't know what I was dealing with so I opted to do nothing and not call the police.
Time will tell if I made the correct decision.
UPDATE: The story continues with my "The Girl In The Window" post. What I thought was going to be a miscellaneous post is developing into a series. Positive, informative or negative I appreciate the feedback I've received.
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