Punishment Writing

Who remembers the days when you got in trouble at school for talking in class. I got a paddling (or two) by teachers that caught me talking in class when I was told not too. We were afraid of our teachers and if you had to go the principles office, it was a really bad day. 

Several of my teachers would make us write sentences for punishment. If we were caught talking in class, we would have to write “I must not talk in class” a hundred times or more. What my teachers didn’t know is that I actually loved doing it. Yes, I enjoyed writing, so it was relaxing to me to get to write a sentence 100 times. If I messed up half way through, I would wad it up and start all over. If I was in a hurry, I could write three lines at a time by holding three pencils together. It was fun.

Once I had to write a sentence 200 times as punishment for chewing gum. “I must not chew gum in class”.  These were usually sent home as homework. When I turned in my work the next day, the teacher didn’t even count them! She just took the papers from me and ripped them into pieces and told me to have a seat. I was pretty upset about that because I had written them neatly and made sure I was not short one sentence. But thats how it went sometimes. 

Looking back, Even thought it was punishment, It was also a form of learning. It was a way to practice writing, following instructions, and owning up to what you did wrong. Though no harm was done in talking or chewing gum, it was a rule and discipline needed to take place. Now days kids get away with everything is class because teachers have no control. If a student is told to write sentences for punishment, they would probably consider it a form of abuse. 

What are some simple punishments you remember in school?

Mask Talk

I’m still not convinced that mask actually work to protect us from Covid. They may help against the spread of a sneeze or cough but thats it. Mask help protect you from germs not viruses. 

My full time day job does not require anyone to wear a mask, but my part time weekend job does. If I want to make money, I must comply. So if im going to have to wear a mask for 5 plus hours, I want them to be at least comfortable. 

I have several different styles of mask but my favorite is the disposable type. I like that they are light weight, and the straps are thin without a strong elastic pull on my ears. 

My daughter brought me a couple pretty floral disposable masks. They were so dog gone cute that I hated to just wear them one time. This made me decide to do a little experiment and try hand washing them. It worked! 
Using an antibacterial soap, I placed the mask between my two hands and gently rubbed until it it was sudsy, then rinsed it well, squeezed out the excess water and hung it to dry. To my surprise it washed up great and the inside was clean and white again. The mask did not tear up or lose its shape. 

This is a photo after being washed. It was soiled with makup.

Now I can wear my mask more than once but I do not recommend washing it more than twice. I mean, they are made to be disposable. 

I really hope they end this mask mandate, but I do not see that happening anytime soon. Meanwhile, here are a few little mask hacks to help them be easier to wear whether its a washable cloth mask or a disposable mask.

  • If you have a cold or sinus problems, rub a little menthol around top where it fits over your nose. 
  • Does your mask have a filter? Try adding a drop or two of essential oils for some health and healing benefits. 
  • Rubbing the mask between your hands, gently rub in your favorite facial, skin or fragrant lotion to help keep your face from feeling dry. 
  • If you have a roll on for your oils, you can rub a little around the edges. I love my stress relief roller. 
  • If your mask is too big, cross the straps once before putting them behind your ears. 
  • You can add buttons to your headband, beanie or ball cap to use instead of around your ears.

Without getting political (if thats possible), I would like to know how you feel about masks.

Disposable mask from: Shein
Young Living Oils from: TrulyOils (on Instagram).
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