I have often remarked that spanking does not change my behaviour permanently, and that I have no faith in spanking as a permanent cure for negative behaviour. However, there have been a few occasions when something I have done has so infuriated my husband that I have definitely decided that I had better not do whatever it was ever again, or else. What makes me decide this is not so much the force of the spanking, as the force of the fury behind it. One such occasion occured yesterday afternoon.
I was glued to the TV watching Inspector Morse. He Who Must Be Obeyed was in the kitchen cooking hamburgers for tea. He came into the living room to ask me how I wanted my hamburgers cooked, about ten minutes before the end of Morse, just when Morse and Lewis were confronting the second murderer. I, not caring in the least how my burgers were cooked, and just wanting to hear what Morse and Lewis were saying, flapped my hand at him in a shushing gesture.
He went through the roof. I haven't seen him that angry for months. When he calmed down slightly, he informed me,grimly, that the dial on the Spankometre was set firmly to “Severely Pissed Off”. I had a few hours to contemplate the fact that I hadn't actually had a 'severely pissed off' spanking for months, and that I had begun to wonder if perhaps we had reached such a state of harmony that I was never going to get one again. Fate always seems to take a hand at time like that, to remind me not to get complacent about things.
Well, when we had got the children settled and went up to bed, he told me to go and get the steel ruler, then go in the bathroom and damp my bottom down. The spanking that followed was long, hard and extremely painful, I was surpised to find afterwards that I hadn't actually bitten through the pillow, he applied the ruler with extreme vigour and with undiminshed energy. “When I ask you a question I expect to get a respectful answer” he informed me, “You will NOT make dismissive gestures at me when I ask you something” etc etc. By the time he had finished I was in the state of outward agony and inward tranquility that I always am in after a really harsh spanking. And there won't be any more dismissve hand gestures from me. That one has definitely sunk in. I feel that that bit of negative behaviour is cured.