Ultimate Chastisement.

Walking down the street I passed them,

A mother and her child.

They were arguing,

The child had misbehaved.

The further I walked from them

The louder the voices became,

Until at last the final threat came.

That severest of all chastisement

That a mother can give to her child,

“THAT’S IT! The mother screamed,



The girl was in floods of tears,

The agony was etched on her face,

The X-box had been withdrawn,

Life could get no worse,

No worse for the young child,

The ultimate chastisement had been issued.


  • dusk arising

    One of the first things the EU did to us was to remove the right of a parent to chastise their child. Did that improve our society?
    I like it when you get political. Unlike politicians Goldfinch, you use common sense.

    • Goldfinch60

      Thanks da, chastisement didn't do me any harm and I probably deserved it.

    • orchidee

      Ohh it's the end of the world for her - almost! A fine write Gold.

      • Goldfinch60

        I certainly is the end of her world.

      • orchidee

        Ohh it's the end of the world for her - almost! A fine write Gold.

      • Michael Edwards

        Sad reflection on the way (some) parents bring up their children these days. One of my grandchildren has just spent a few days with us and not once did he look at an electronic device except to look the name of a song he'd been singing with his Dad - we had a great time and he didn't want to leave - he's 6 by the way.

        • Goldfinch60

          That must be so unusual these days, one of our neighbours has a 14 year old daughter and the only friends she has she contacts over social media.
          In our house I do ban our family from using there 'phones while we are dining - I don't want them interrupting me whilst I am reading my book!

        • Lorna

          No TV - outside right now! Those were the words I was brought up with............ sunny day - out! Plus an occasional spanking which I always knew I deserved and which hurt them more than the music!

          • Goldfinch60

            Totally agree Lorna, my Mum was the disciplinarian and the slaps round my legs were always deserved.

          • Candlewitch

            it is a different world, today from yesteryear... that poor dear child! I remember being beaten with the buckle end of my belt, at age left scars...

            *hugs, Cat

            • Goldfinch60

              I was never beaten with anything, just a slap round the legs from my Mum.
              The ultimate threat from Mum to my brother and I was "WAIT 'TIL YOU FATHER GETS HOME!"
              Dad would come in, Mum would tell him all the things we had done wrong and Dad would come to us and say "Know, what's this all about?" - my Dad never slapped us and rarely shouted at us, he was a very placid man.

              • Candlewitch

                my mother was the dad didn't have to touch look of disappointment from him and I wilted on the spot...loved and respected him that much! she, on the other hand, was hell-on-wheels!

                *hugs, Cat

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