Friday, 6 January 2012

The naughty schoolboy's prayer

Three naughty schoolboys were sent to the headmaster to be "severely disciplined".  They had broken certain school rules and the customary punishment was six of the best, six strokes of the senior cane across the buttocks. Each harsh stroke would usually land in the same place.  The pain of the cane would be more intense after each stroke.

While waiting outside the headmaster's office the fearful schoolboys wondered if there was any way of escaping their impending punishment.  They needed a miracle to avoid a thrashing.  They knew that pleas for mercy or promises of better behaviour would not change their punishment.

One of them, however, thought that prayer might help.  It could not do any harm at all.  But the boy only knew one prayer.

For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful.


4 comments:

Reverend John Race alias Johli Baptist said...

I must admit that on occasion when I was sent out of class by a female teacher and hid in the cloakroom, I thought that I was going to get six of the best when the headmaster found me there with a Jamaican friend called Wayne.

Wayne was doing an amazing tap dance and continued in front of the head. I thought we would be summoned to his office for a thrashing, but the head was impressed by the dance and walked away.

Reverend John Race alias Johli Baptist said...

This could be seen as answer to prayer, for deliverance, for avoiding a severe caning. I breathe a long sign of relief when the headmaster walked away. I nearly wet my Y-fronts when he came through the cloakroom door.

Johli Baptist said...

Kids today do not know what six of the best really means. In my day at school it was six strokes delivered across the buttocks as hard as possible and in the exact same place. The pain built up after each stroke. The teacher would pause to allow the pain to increase. Boys did not often return for severe dose of the senior cane, usually given to naughty boys over 16 years of age.

Anonymous said...

You are riding into a world of pain with the cane across your jockey Y-fronts. When you receive six of the best from a highly competent caner then the pain really increases substantially as the punishment progresses and each stroke lands accurately on target. It is a form of compound interest. Agony!

Dedham

Dedham
River Stour