“When I was about twenty years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time.
“But one day when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking — the first in his life. And she told him he would have to go outside and find a switch for her to hit him with. The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying.
“He said to her, ‘Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock you can throw at me.’ All of a sudden this mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
“The mother took the boy onto her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. Because violence begins in the nursery — one can raise children into violence.”
— From a peace prize acceptance speech given by Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, 1978
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When I was four and five I was beat and cursed unmercifully and that affected me the rest of my life. I’m an old guy now and it still hurts.
I am so sorry, Joe!!!! Such crimes – and very, very few of the criminals are EVER even identified, let alone brought to justice.
Have you seen the Center for Disease Control’s Adverse Childhood Experiences research?
This is their latest presentation of their findings
YES! What you know is exactly what these studies are showing!!!!!!!!
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What a wonderful, poignant story! Thank you for posting this beautiful lesson in humanity – and humility…