Monday, August 11, 2008

Aunt Polly on Discipline

According to Aunt Polly, from the Adventures of Tom Sawyer:

"I ain't doing my duty by that boy, and that's the Lord's truth, goodness knows.  Spare the rod and spile the child, as the Good Book says.  I'm a laying up sin and suffering for us both, I know...I ain't got the heart to lash him, somehow.  Every time I let him off, my conscience does hurt me so, and every time I hit him my old heart most breaks.  Well-a-well, man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble, as the Scripture says, and I reckon it's so...I've got to do some of my duty by him, or I'll be the ruination of the child."

After spending some time this last week watching how kids behave at Walmart, the library, and a few other places that shall remain nameless :), I am convinced that the world needs quite a few more Aunt Pollys!