Ok I apologise before I start, next week I promise to be a bit more upbeat than I have been this week,
This morning I witnessed an incident that has shaken my spirit. (This is actually the second time something like this has happened and I just needed to vent about it.) I heard from my bathroom this blood-curdling scream, so I rushed outside knowing that something was really wrong. My husband raced out ahead of me. And yelled at someone and the screaming stopped. I didn’t actually see it but the scream was enough. Apparently my husband and the housekeeper witnessed an old man beating the bejesus out of a little boy with his belt in the school yard that is across from our townhouse.
There is nothing I despise more than abuse. I absolutely hate it, it disturbs my spirit.
Now those of us who has grown up in the Caribbean are accustomed to the occasional slap or pinch and some of us even have stories of a beating stick or the belt or having to pick out your own switch. My grandmother, God rest her soul, lovely adoring woman used to have my cousin go down stairs, pick a branch from a tree, trim it accordingly and then give it to Grannie who would give her a whipping. I used to feel so bad!
And sorry to say it, but sometimes I have been known to give a stinger or two. Two fingers to the wrist- stings. I prefer time-outs.
But even though I know it is commonplace and you would find yourself snickering about what Grandma used to do, and the time you deserved your whipping it is still hard to witness it.
Now apparently the old man pulled out his belt because the young boy… 12 years old instead of paying the lunch bill at school, had been using the money to gamble at the betting shop down the street. 12 years old and gambling!!! Gee whiz!
Now honestly I don’t know what to say to that. Is the man justified in belting the boy or should he have found another way to discipline the boy. I don’t know… all I know is that violence breeds violence.
But who knows could his action have stopped the boy from becoming a lowlife gambler? My mother broke a stick on my sister’s back for sneaking out the house to party did that work? NO! my sister is still a party addict 12 years later. But then again my cousin got a whipping for something he had done, which had both him and his dad weeping (My uncle gave the beating) and he turned out great!
I still feel sick about it and don’t like it! So what do you think?!
Hope you all have a great weekend