Jerry and I were always doing something that would upset Mother.
Grand Ma Ma would call our behavior deviltry. "the devils in those boys" Grand Ma Ma would say to Mother. I wish my Grand Ma Ma was still alive. I would love to say to her aaahhhhhhh HORSESHIT. I know she would smile & laugh. My Grand Ma Ma loved to laugh.
We were nothing like the children of today who bully and torment other children, disrespect their teachers, and treat their parents like they are the parents.
All Mother had to do was glance at the closet in the kitchen and we would stop our deviltry and start behaving. We knew what was hanging in the closet. Fathers belt. And we knew very well exactly what it felt like. Fathers belt was always waiting. Waiting to teach us right from wrong. That belt taught me a lot of Not's. Not to talk back, not to lie, not to cheat, not to run in the house, not to bully other children, not to disrespect teachers, not to steal a candy bar from Gabriels corner store, not to be loud, not to interrupt, not to be mean. That belt also taught me a lot of To's. To finish my homework, to get up on time, to go to bed at bedtime, to clean up my toys, to say thank you, to say please, to eat my vegetables, to help with chores, to do my best, to be quiet, to respect my elders, to take out the trash, to take care of the animals, to be nice to everyone, to be careful, to finish what I started, and to always do what Mother & Father said. No questions asked.
As a child I hated feeling that belt on my butt. But as an adult I am so glad I have those feelings to remember. I remember what Fathers belt taught me and this doesn't hurt. It feels good. Because of Fathers belt I still know my not's and my to's. I am glad that I grew up when life was more simple. When parents could be teachers and teachers could be parents and belts could be waiting in the closet. To teach us our not's and our to's. I believe that Not To many children of today have this teacher. And I believe that this is why the children of today feel they do not have to. Learn their Not's and To's.
There was that one time that I almost forgot to mention. Jerry and I burned the house down. And you better believe our butts learned real quick NOT TO. EVER. DO. THAT. AGAIN.