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That child needs a spanking!

When a young child on the other side of the grocery store began crying loudly and angrily, an elderly woman waiting at the check stand said, “That child needs a spanking!”

Origin Story

In the most recent post, I recounted personal experiences of adults using their authority to intimidate and belittle me and other children. On the heels of that post, it feels important to tell an older story that echoed within my own childhood. Recently, my dad...