Keel Hauling – Is It Legal?

Does this work with out of control grandsons?

No one said it was going to be easy. But darling grandson has gone from Mr. Contrite to Mr. Cocky pants in 5 days. Which leads me to ask the question. Is keel hauling still legal? OK that’s too extreme. What about a light flogging, only 30 or 40 lashes.

The honeymoon is definitely over. Now the hard work begins.  To say I was disappointed and angry is the understatement of the century. I shut myself in the bedroom and cried for a while. Life is never dull. That’s for sure.

Mr. Cocky has been home from the treatment center less than 5 days and now thinks he’s knows it all. I woke up this morning to a messed up house. Soda bottles all over, some spilled on the carpet and hardwood floors. Over flowing ashtray on the patio. A half bottle of vodka gone and a kid passed out on the sofa in his underpants. The house pretty much looked and smelled like the morning after a frat party.

All righty then. I told him to get up and clean up. He pissed and moaned and complained. 2 hours later he was still piddling around and hadn’t cleaned up. Then the excuses started. “My head hurts, I feel sick.” Well yah! And guess what, that’s too bad, get up NOW. I had a come to Jesus talk with him myself. Later this afternoon Mr. Husband had another sit down with him.

We gave him a rope with the booze and he hung himself with it.  So now drinking is off the list of acceptable behaviors in the house. Tomorrow morning it’s off the counselor because he admits, today anyway, that he can’t get clean on his own. Way to many issues going on in that skull of his.

O lord give me strength, and a sense of humor, and the courage to say what I mean and mean what I say.

7 responses

  1. I hope the sun shines a little brighter on your corner of the world soon! Hang in there.

  2. You’re doing the right thing. No one ever got out of trouble by being coddled. Tough love is tough, but it sounds like it’s the right thing right now.

    1. Doing the right thing is a lot scarier than I thought. Setting a child straight is one thing. Telling a 6’2″ kid with tattoos who is puffing up like a hood rat is a completely different story. I will have to channel my inner drill sergeant.

      1. At least he’s wearing big boy underwear,he’s acting so immature I wondered if he still needed diapers.

      2. Yea when I stepped on the wet bed sheet I thought the worst had happened. It turned out to be a vitamin water. But I jerked up the sheet and put it on him. He shrieked “oh gross” but he got up. Ha!

  3. Hang in there. You’re far braver than I am. I was always afraid to speak my mind when I should have. Meanwhile I’m sending positive vibes your way.

    1. Thank you so much, Pat. I firmly believe in positive vibes. It is comforting to know that people are cheering us on.

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