Despite the title being "Naughty little Ry gets spanked", in no way is this journal vulgar. Ok, so, when I was young, like many kids out there, there would be times when I misbehave and get punished by my parents. For some reason I think I remember every single one of them.. some of them more painful than others, one in particular hurt me the most.. emotionally.
So here's a picture of my mother spanking me in front of my friends. I guess my father took the photo, and back then we didn't have colored photos yet..? My mother really going all out with her hand right up in the air takin the maximum impact, but I don't think she knew what she was doing because I seem to have 7 layers of clothes on, I don't think it would've felt a thing! But anyway I digress.
Does spanking your child really help in bringing them up to be a better human being? Look at me for example, I am pretty sure I didn't change my behavior or tried to improve my grades after the punishment. I used to get terrible grades at school, I know why I was so bad now, I was just not very interested in school, the subjects were boring, I didn't understand why we had to learn those things, I was also a shy kid so I wouldn't ask questions if I didn't understand something, but the main reason I did so bad was because of ironically.... Art
. I used to draw a lot! Some people say their work is painful, working 9 hours per day in an office in front of a computer. Well have you ever had to take in physical pain as a child for your work?! Cos I did! I suffered through years of spanking to fight for my dream career
So what kinda punishment did I used to receive as a child? My parents tried many things, but they stuck with the predictable cliche methods most of the time by using a coat hanger to smack me on the bum bum. OUCH. Then sometimes they would use a ruler to hit me on the hand, I remember somtimes it didn't really hurt but I have to act like it did to end the punishment, kinda like a soccer player taking a fall to get a free kick
. Sometimes my parents would switch it up by using the handle end of the duster to hit me, variety! But did these punishment help improve me...? To be perfectly honest, no. I may work extra hard for a day after that, but then I would forget and go back to my old ways. And my parents could see that, so they thought of the worse punishment that still makes me upset to this day when I think about it. My dad took one of my Dragonball Z manga and ripped it apart in front of my eyes.
OH BOY OH BOY, the impact it had on me, taking the great Akira Toriyama's masterpiece and tearing it apart bits by bits, the image of the ripped pages are still so clear in my head, I was devastated, I cried sooooo dayum much. Those Dragonball Z manga meant so much to me, it might not have meant much to my parents more than a $5 comic but to me it was my precious, it was art, it was my inspiration to become an artist. But did it improve me as a human being? ....again the answer is no. It might've been worse, I became more angry at my parents more than anything.
It was THIS EXACT volume that was torn apart.
The real question here is..
How amazing is Akira Toriyama?
No. The real question is, how effective is punishing your child physically???
I think its different for everybody, for me not that much. This was my mentally back then (And even today to an extent actually). My mentality was this, "If you hurt me, I would fight you back."
Which isnt that bad of a mentally right...? Can you imagine if Jesus was put on the cross and he was like "HEY HEY HEY put that nail down, okok Im sorry I was wrong, you're right you're right I am not the son of God. Just put me down and from now on I would behave Ok?"
That wouldn't make much of a story would it... (I apologize for comparing myself to Jesus again.) So in a strange sort of way.. my rebellious behavior made me a tougher person, staying strong to my believes. Believing that school is for nerds and art is the future.... And somehow I am still alive today. This really is a bit of a miracle. Oh this sort of mentality is also how villains are born too, so be careful.
One more story before we end this lecture, this might've been the time my parents got the most upset. Thinking back now.. I can understand why they reacted so badly, I probably would've reacted the same if my child did something similar. Ok back then we used to have a maid that looked after me, I prefer the term housekeeper
so you don't think I used to live in a Maid Cafe. I know what you're thinking. No seriously type in 'maid' in google image to see what you find. Anyway so I had a HOUSEKEEPER, and I really hated her, for childish reason, she was a great housekeeper but I saw her as an outsider who takes care of me because my parents abandoned me to go to work. So I used to pull little pranks on her, hiding her shoes and pulling her hair that sorta thing.. I was terryble I know. So anyway one time it was just me and my housekeeper at home again, I decided to put her slippers on the edge of the mini plant balcony outside the window. When she wasn't looking, I climbed out of the window a bit and put her slippers right on the edge, here's the kicker, we lived on the 24th floor of the building
.. All it took was one gust of wind, and I would've been the fastest boy to get from the 24th floor to the 1st. So my housekeeper saw this and I could see the fear in her eyes and I thought 'GOT CHA! Another Ry prank well done.'
. Little did I know she would tell my parents of my little prank, my mother cried and cried. Eventually my parents put a locks on the windows... for good reasons. Actually I was so stupid back then I thought I was getting punished because of the prank I pulled on my housekeeper, I didn't even realise I could've died that day. INTELLIGENCE! That wraps it up. Feel free to share your stories in comments, I would read them.
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