This morning, I came to the conclusion that tough Lion hide is too difficult to bruise. If I continue on the present course of trying to make him feel things the next day, I will be trying forever. To that end (no pun intended), I’ve decided to make the punishment itself so distasteful that he tries to avoid it. If I do manage to bruise him in the process, I’ll count it as a bonus.
You may see this as a backward step. I think I’ve been expending too much energy trying to hit in exactly the right spot to create a bruise. I worry about him feeling it long-term. I guess I just came to the realization that he should feel all he feels as I’m spanking him. It’s true that he’ll be sore right afterward. He may feel it for a few hours. But causing a bruise is so difficult, it doesn’t make any sense to be preoccupied with it. It’s just not that important.
Lion’s spanking last night was fairly severe. At that point, I was still going for a bruise. I doubted it would happen, but I tried. Given the fact that it was a repeat infraction in a relatively short amount of time, I knew it had to be harsh. That’s the rule. Re-offending gets a harsher sentence. But I didn’t start off with a flurry of hard swats. Actually, I thought I started off the same way I always do, but Lion has said I start out too hard. Maybe it all depends on what comes afterward.
By the end (again, no pun intended), Lion’s buns were deep red and had about four spots of blood on one cheek and one on the other. He was yelping and rolling around. He was also splattering blood on my legs. Not much, but I could feel little droplets. When I told him he was splattering blood, he, unwisely, told me actually I was splattering the blood.
Hmmm. And to think I was done swatting him…until then. He got an extra set of swats for that remark. He insisted he was kidding. Maybe so, but he was certainly in no position to be kidding.
Only time will tell if I made a sufficient impression on him to avoid forgetting the coffee pot. I doubt it. He really thought he did it. Maybe there is only a certain amount of time in which a person remembers chores. Think about a routine chore you have. Do you ever forget to do it? I know I do, but I forget things all the time so you can’t use me as a gauge. However, would you remember better if there was a punishment attached to forgetting? I’m not sure I would. [Lion — I will!]