I volunteered at my children's school for many years as a parent chaperone on trips. We always were given 5 kids to a parent to take care of. One trip involved taking the subway train downtown to Runnymede Zoo. The kids were in Grade 3. Imagine 48 eight year olds and about 10 adults in the subway, When I saw that "Harry" was misbehaving right near the train tracks and was defying his Chaperone. Without a thought of consequences I went right up to "Harry" and whacked his behind for him. He was so startled and hurt that he looked at me with wide eyes in surprise.... After that "Harry" was on his best behaviour.... Little did I know how much I had effected "Harry" with that whack until 5 years later on another trip in a school bus I overheard "Harry" tell the school principal why he was such an upstanding and well behaved young man today..... He said he will always remembered a parent who took the initiative to correct him for the very first time in his young life when no one else had ever bothered. He turned around looked me in the eye and said. "Thank you Mrs. Dona.)"
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