Spare the Rod?

There’s spanking and then there’s spanking

A football player whooped his boy
and lost the right to play.
The issues are not black and white
(or black and blue). They’re gray.

My dad would use his belt to spank.
My mom used her hair brush.
My grandma made me eat some soap
when I was prone to cuss.

My grandpa used a willow switch
to teach his children grace.
Instead of lashing their behinds,
he said “I’ll take your place!”

While kneeling down, he bore his back
to take their punishment!
And in the process truth was taught.
A lesson Heaven sent.

To cause a much-loved father pain
hurt more than getting spanked.
And as my mom related it
I saw how faith was banked.