What an absolutely delightful summary Nick. We are of like mind aside from the restraint aspect. The reason I say with restraint is that for me it would make it easier to bear knowing that I simply have to. There is no other option. It will start and it will finish.
I am being caned hard tomorrow which will be unrestrained and uplifting.
I ought to add to any newby contemplating following our advice that it is something of a fantasy and that the pain will be really shocking so you have been warned. Having said that, not that many years ago you would have had no choice in the matter if you had attended my my old grammar school. Nevertheless in this full knowledge it is certainly what I would do if I could turn back that clock.
Nick Curzon wrote:
I'm with Biffo on this one though not the restraint. The salient points are the CANING element - extended sessions can come later. And, of course, as Biffo pointed out being with EXPERIENCED caners. A novice will be more likely put off by a badly handled encounter rather than the pain.
Six strokes has so many images - (the school bit; the traditoinal six-of-the-best) - aligned to that top, top moment of "bend over, trousers down" (with stomach now quaking) would make that first visit so memorable. Of course, rose tinted glasses would make it seem the hardest caning EVER!
Yes, the first one is so defining. it's a bit like completing your first marathon. You may run more quickly later but nothing equals the senses of achievement and tranquilty of the "first". We may take a more severe beating but somehow we still hearken back to 'that one'.