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I Was Told To Cut A Switch

My step-father mostly used cane or slipper, or hand when we were younger - and believe me that could be just as bad as either. But he also favoured the switch, and the ritual of us being sent to the garden in our underwear to select and cut the switch to be used on us. He was systematic about it. After all, any old twig or stem won't do, either because they could break, or else because they were dangerously knobbly or pointed and could do serious damage. He bought a shrub for the purpose and planted it in the garden. I don't know it's name but I think it was in the eucalyptus family. It grew vigorous long springy stems with few leaves, no knots and no sharp edges. They were woody, about as thick as a cane, but far more springy and therefore achieved far greater coverage when used.

The ritual was more of a punishment, because it took longer than a 'there-and-then' chastisement. For a start being sent out into the garden wearing only my vest and pants while he waited inside, was shaming, as it was meant to be, and it happened way into my late teens, though of course less often than at its peak in my early/mid teens. There was the risk that if I tried to get away with cutting one that I thought would hurt less, I would be sent out to 'try again' with the knowledge that I would get an extra stroke, maybe two for 'trying it on', and it has to be said that the superficial evidence was more vivid and lasted longer.
oneofnine · 61-69, M
My father used the cane. My mother used slipper and cane. If my father wanted to punish me for misbehaviour in the garden he cut his own switch from the clump of hazel by the wall at the far end of the garden. I got it shorts and pants down, bending over.
Caned4doz · 61-69, M
I can barely imagine what being beaten with a switch would be like. I did get the cane plenty of times in school, but I think a freshly cut switch would be worse. I imagine that the extra flexibility (compared to a cane) would mean the switch would wrap around the buttocks a lot more, striking the sides of the hips and the thighs.

After a punishment from your stepfather, was there evidence visible to others; say marks lower down on your legs and showing below shorts?
Disciplinarian · 61-69, M
What a stepfather, what rituals! I never heard of a parent growing a bush for the express purpose of switching, but then again, a woman of 19 told me how her dad bought a sleigh bed in her view for the specific purpose of having her and her sister stand at the foot of the bed and then up right over the high footboard for CP sessions, bottoms high!
ArishMell · 61-69, M
Admittedly from understanding my penchant for [i]consensual, adults-only [/i]spanking games, I can't help wondering if your step-father and others like him inflicted severe, ritual beatings for their own, hidden motives beyond genuine punishment...
westfield · 70-79, M
[@117301,updown2020] Very perceptive... my step-father was far more lenient with the children he 'begat' (wonderful old word!) than with the three of us he 'acquired'
ArishMell · 61-69, M
[@1025940,westfield] Indeed.

In fact Charles Dickens addressed that very point about [step]-fathers inheriting their cruelty, and teachers using thuggery to hide their incompetence and hatred of children, in [i]David Copperfield [/i]and [i]Nicholas Nickleby[/i] - and that in the 19C.


[Edited to correct a typo.]
ArishMell · 61-69, M
[@117301,updown2020] Yes, they probably would even if a bit more cautiously, and there are people boasting about being like that elsewhere on SW. I avoid them.
westfield · 70-79, M
[@5901,oneofnine] It was the natural order and, I would suggest, none the worse for that
oneofnine · 61-69, M
It meant things got sorted out straight away, and was predictable.[@1025940,westfield]
updown2020 · 56-60, M
If you have kids did you treat them the same way?
westfield · 70-79, M
[@117301,updown2020] we never had children, so couldn't put that to the test! No idea how things would have turned out...
Carazaa · F
What???🥺🤗
westfield · 70-79, M
[@889684,Carazaa] he was VERY religious and ex army - a potent mixture. "Spare the rod" was his watchword... but there was plenty of love too
Carazaa · F
[@1025940,westfield] So sorry!🌻
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westfield · 70-79, M
[@467252,JoBlak] Did he use them on your bare behind, which would have been embarrassing in itself, or over clothing? Not that the ultimate results would have differed a lot
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