The welcome mat is an evil, evil thing. Lion felt it for hours after he sat on it. He insists I still didn’t spank him long or hard enough for a punishment spanking. I continue to ask him who it is that decides what is long or hard enough. He says it’s me, but then insists again that I’m failing. Of course, he doesn’t say I’m failing. But if I’m not living up to whatever expectations, then aren’t I failing?
Lion regularly gets a case of the “shoulds”. I should do this. I should do that. I should do this this way or that that way. I usually ask him who should be determining what I should be doing. He says it’s up to me to decide. Uh huh. See the first paragraph. Rinse and repeat.
Last night was our first try at his sitting on the welcome mat. I didn’t tie his balls so they’d be sure to hit the flap. I didn’t make him sit on it for very long. It was an experiment. How evil would it be? Up until last night we didn’t know. When I saw how red his thighs were from the five minutes or so he was sitting on it, I said maybe we shouldn’t use it right now since his allergies have been bothering him. I didn’t want to do anything that would aggravate his already itchy, red skin.
Lion said I shouldn’t worry. And when he said yellow I shouldn’t have backed off so far with the swats. I shouldn’t feel bad. (Lion also regularly gets a case of the “shouldn’ts”.) Again, I asked him who determines how hard I hit, when I hit hard and how long I hit hard. You guessed it. He said I do. Uh huh. Clearly.
From my point of view, all the shoulds and shouldn’ts do is make me feel like I’m not doing what he thinks I should be doing. Even though he insists it’s me who determines what I should be doing. And I bet you’re thinking, “You should punish him for that.” Should I? Or should I determine what I should do?