Yesterday Dragon warned me once about attitude on the phone. That was just a warning but then I got sassy. By the time he got home, the weather was nasty. Wind, thunder, lightening and weather warning surrounding us. We were up late tracking the storms and making sure we were ready if it hit us. Some things you can't prepare for but it makes you feel useful to try.
The worst of it was past us. It was way past any reasonable bed time and we were headed that way. I was talking to one of the kids about school work and how unhappy I was with her over her lack of progress and hiding bad grades. AND IT HAPPENED.
What was I thinking?
Obviously I wasn't thinking at all.
I let it slip into the conversation way to casually. Like a word I use on a daily basis. A part of my vocabulary that is well used and comfortable.
What was the word?
I am embarrassed to say.
It was the F bomb.
Dragon caught it. He got very quiet and headed off to bed.
After I said good night, I headed off to bed not knowing what to expect. Dragon asked casually if we had a paddle in the bed room. I said no without looking in the hiding spot.
He was tired. The weather was still bad even though we were out of immediate danger.
Now, I have no guilt over what I did. Which is probably a bad thing but Dragon thought I deserved a punishment.
The easy thing would be to let it pass without comment.
The right thing? When Dragon comes home from work, I should hand him the paddle. Weather is a legitimate reason to postpone a punishment. Honestly, I earned it twice over. Dragon would say that it has been too long but has it really?
When he comes home, I will have supper ready or nearly ready when he walks in the door. After we eat, I will hand him the paddle and tell him that a weather/work delay is fine. Ignoring it isn't.
Ok. Honesty time. I feel guilty over sassing him. He doesn't like me to cuss and I did anyway. But he isn't home all day with these kids. He doesn't see how bull headed they can be over school work.
Handing him the paddle will end with a major punishment. This is so hard to do.