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Re: a cryin' shame

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Posted by Alias on March 02, 2004 at 08:08:26 from (

In Reply to: a cryin' shame posted by Cindi on March 02, 2004 at 04:25:24:

I never had to cut a switch. My father never whipped us much but when he did it stayed with us. I got a good one when I was about 13. I trotted his team of horses while raking hay with an old dump type rake. I was making up time lost when I went swimming with my friends. To make a long story short, one of the horses developed stomach cramps and went down and wouldn't get up. When Mal came home he managed to get the horse on it's feet and worked with it, leading it around and forcing salt water down it's throat until it was better. By then it was dark and the hay was wet from the rain that had been predicted. Well, he didn't take any action that night. But, he told me to be in the barn when he got home the next evening. The waiting was harder than the whipping but he didn't use a switch. No sir, when Mal did a thing he did it right. He used a thick leather halter lead line. A few whack across my butt with that left an indelible impression on me. For, here it is, about 53 years later and I still remember it. My dad passed away when he was 83. I went to see him a few days before he died. He took one look at me and said, "Well, son, I've never seen you looking better. You turned out pretty good and I'm proud of you". When he died, I knew I'd lost the best friend I ever had. So, from one who benifitted from a good whipping, I have this to say. Thank you, Dad for caring enough to straighten me out........gfp

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