Kindergarten and my first real spanking

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Kindergarten and my first real spanking

Growing up in the 1950’s was full of music in my house. My mom always had the radio on or her Hi Fi  on playing records, you know the 45’s that were popular. We were always dancing to whatever music was playing.

My first day of kindergarten was not something terrible. My Mom told me who my teacher was, told me to stand on her line, called me “Karen Ann”, snapped my picture and off I went into the classroom.


First day of School

What I do recall was being all the way in the back of the classroom because my last name began with a “W”. There was no sitting next to your friend, it was all about sitting in alphabetical order. This was something I learned to despise over the years. I never was able to sit in the front of the room.

Oh, how I wished my last name began with an “A” or a “B”. It seemed with everything we did in the classroom it had to do with alphabetical order. Teacher’s pet...who got to be the teacher’s pet first..who was the monitor, who erased the board...whatever the task was, it never seemed to make it to me..”W” ..

I was always the last for everything...even my birthday... My birthday was in the month of December, the last month of the year....When it was time to celebrate my birthday my Mom baked cupcakes for the entire class...In those days Mom’s didn’t seem to worry who liked what flavor, or who was allergic to anything...

When it was your birthday you felt pretty special on that day. That was until you remembered what was going to happen. There was the dreaded moment when Mrs. Wollen called you up to the front of the room to announce your birthday to the entire classroom. That part wasn’t so bad. The part that was dreaded was when she gave you the “birthday spanks” over her lap for “good luck”. Who ever heard of a spanking being for good luck.

She called me up to the front of the room and I immediately started to worry. I had never been spanked before. I had witnessed other kids in the class getting their spanks for good luck and was horrified. I had a beautiful new dress on for my birthday and I was going to be spanked in front of the entire class. It was the worst experience in my life!!

I was spanked five times and then once more for good luck!! I was so choked up with fear and was never more ashamed in my life. I just couldn’t understand the reason for being spanked. I thought getting spanked was when you were bad. I decided then and there I was never going to let anyone spank me again.

When I met my Mom outside of school that day I remember telling her how much it hurt to be spanked in front of the class. I told her it wasn’t fun, the class laughed and my feelings felt very bad. I know my Mom knew I was sad that day and tried to cheer me up by hugging me and telling me I wasn’t spanked for being bad but I didn’t understand why my teacher spanked me.

I recall during all my school years never being scolded or spanked ever again. I guess my kindergarten teacher left more than an impression on my butt, she must have left an impression right down to my soul.


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Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
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Wow, that's a vivid memory indeed. I don't remember spankings from any teachers but certainly from fun-loving classmates.  From one Karen Ann in the fifties to another, aren't you glad some things have changed?

Aug 30, 2011 03:25 PM #1
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Karen Ann ~ Wow, no fond spanking memories for you? I am sure glad things have changed!!

Aug 30, 2011 03:29 PM #2
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Karen, I wonder if all the teachers did this..or your particular teacher took some private glee out of embarrassing young kids...or maybe a fetish? Back then they didn't know much about those things. I too would NOT have liked that at all. I can SO relate to always having to sit at the back. My last name was I was right there with you W folks.


Aug 30, 2011 04:16 PM #3
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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Love the part about the house filled with music...............getting spanked for good luck in front of the class on your birthday.........not so much!  I think the "W" for Mrs. Wollen really stood for "weird"!

Aug 30, 2011 11:55 PM #4

Oh my, you poor little thing, that mean ol teacher, how dare her call a little girl up on her first day of School and spank her like that in front of everyone, even if it was your birthday.  It's especially not suppose to hurt!  That even hurt my feelings

Aug 30, 2011 11:58 PM #5
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

WOW... A teacher certainly couldn't get away with that crazy behavior these days!  Times have changed a lot since then, but Even back then, I don't think that Spanking for luck was acceptable behavior.... Especially from a teacher. 

Aug 31, 2011 12:04 AM #6
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Amy ~ Trust me, she spanked me in front of the whole class!!

Roger ~ Music was always part of my life as well as dancing ~~ That was the year I learned how to twist with my Mom and my Aunt Esther!!

Cindy ~ I guess we didn't think it was weird back then??

Aug 31, 2011 01:00 AM #7
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

No way that would have happened when I was a kid!  I remember my Mom telling my principal, "No one spanks my children but me." She went against the grain for the day, but she was dead right!  I'm with you -- who spanks a kid for their birthday? 

Aug 31, 2011 05:59 AM #8
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Karen I can relate, I did not like getting hit for no good reason.

I sure hope they don't set up the classes in alphabetical order these days, that is not a fair system.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Sep 01, 2011 03:07 PM #9
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Tish ~ My Mom told me the spanks were for good luck just like the teacher said ~ No sympathy...

Jennifer ~ My parents never spanked me.... I was an angel in disguise growing up!!

Sep 01, 2011 03:16 PM #10
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

There is no excuse for that! It's just WRONG!

I am a December baby too, sista! :)))

Sep 01, 2011 05:16 PM #11

As a boy in the second grade in the 1940s, I went through the same traumatic birthday spanking experience as you, giving a lifetime of dubious memories (including my little-boy-eroticism about seeing little girls spanked...) Some may have thought it was all in fun, but not me! In addition, I didn't just dread the idea on the day itself, but for almost two whole months leading up to my turn in late October. In perspective, of course, all that was nothing compared to the real cruelties sufffered by so many children elsewhere. But as you say, definitely a soul-impression!

Sep 22, 2011 05:10 AM #12
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Anon ~ See there are people who understand the memory and how awful it was and how we dreaded the thought of it!! Imagine my shock!!

Sep 22, 2011 07:46 AM #13
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