Punching People in the Nose


Growing up, I had to choose between what was right and what was wrong. Didn’t we all? I mean, some people paid attention, actually learning from their mistakes and those that didn’t are now housed in a state or federal housing unit, compliments of the government (and tax payers). However, I’m specifically talking about:


My mother always seemed to take a diplomatic approach to solving any crisis, like most mothers are wont to do. My Dad? Not so much. His theory was to either:

1) Get even; or
2) Get even

Those two theories are his answer to everything.

I think I was 5 or 6 years old at the time and learned my first lesson of getting even after running home crying because the little boy next door was, “mean to me.”

Mom’s solution: “Well, if he’s mean to you, then maybe you shouldn’t play with him,” or “I can talk to his mother.”

Dad’s solution: “Punch the little sumbitch in the nose.”

Of course, he made sure my mother wasn’t in ear shot when he told me that, lest he get punched in the nose too.

The next day, while playing with the Little Punk, he broke a bottle over my arm, so I did what any 5 or 6 year old would do, I threw rationality and diplomacy out the window and punched him in the nose because Dad said I could. I think I even uttered those words, “Dad said I could, so there!”

Little Punk’s nose was a gusher of blood and he stood there shocked, staring at me before it was his turn to run home crying. Vengeance was mine and I felt vindicated, even though I didn’t know what those two words meant at the time.

Naturally, his mother came over to “talk” to my mother about the incident, never mind that the little bastard broke a bottle over my arm. I ran to my room to hide, because I lived during a time that it wasn’t unheard of to have a belt taken to my backside.

Side note: If you ask me (you didn’t, but I’m going to tell you anyway), I think that’s what is wrong with society today. I guarantee that if you took a belt to the backsides of these teenagers today, things would be a lot different. But then again, I believe that discipline falls back onto the parents and it doesn’t have to be at the end of a belt. It’s all in how the kids are raised. Maybe the belt should be taken to the backsides of those parents, yes? YES!

Anyway, I was gone like a fart in the wind, with no scent (or trace) of my existence. In fact, I just knew the belt was coming, so I proceeded to put on every single pair of underwear that I owned under my pants. Ingenuity at its finest! At the time, I felt that more padding was the answer to first world problems.

I could hear the conversation going on between his mother and mine. Then I heard Dad chime in saying, “I told her to punch him in the nose! I bet the little sumbitch won’t bother her again.”

My mother was slightly appalled at his suggestion and I’m quite sure he had a stern talkin’ to later, but I never knew about it.

I didn’t get in trouble, but I did get The Talk about what’s right and what’s wrong. If I could go back to that day, would I have reacted in the way that I did? You betcha! In fact, at the ripe old age of 43, I’m not above punching people in the nose. I might not act on it (maybe), but don’t think it doesn’t cross my mind.

So, was this a defining moment that shaped me into who I am today? Probably one of many, because I still don’t take any crap!

GK Adams

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  • http://www.foodieinwv.com/ Foodie in WV

    My dad had almost the same conversation with me :) I agree with you also that many parents don’t have any type of discipline with their kids anymore. They want to be their kids friends instead of an authority figure. Your dad sounds very similar to mine, too funny (and I would probably have hit the little kid in the nose too)!

    • GKAdams

      Dad’s have a funny approach to, “problem solving.”

  • http://www.shirleymaya.com/ Shirley Maya Tan

    Oh, if only Karma does not exist…the things I would do then! ;p

    • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

      so true!

    • GKAdams

      Yeah, well…it’s probably why I have a plate full of Karma waiting for me.

  • Emelie Samuelson

    I think that’s hilarious. Go you!

    • GKAdams

      Yay, me! HA!

  • Considerer

    Hah that’s BRILLIANT! I wish I’d ever thought of wearing multiple pairs of pants. That. Is. Genius.

  • Deb

    There are people I’d like to punch but I’m afraid they’d punch me back and a brawl would break out!

  • Cyndi

    Nose punching, vengeful and vindicating day. I like it! I only pushed a kid once onto the ground but after all the trouble I’d caused I didn’t do it again haha

  • Phil Holtberg

    I’d like to take a belt myself to some of these parents! My dad was like yours. An eye for an eye kind of guy. Taught me dicipline and to not stand down to anyone. Yet, also tought me to be respectful and humble. Today’s parents just don’t get it as they are too busy wanting to stay 21 forever!

  • William Kendall

    The guy had it coming. More than had it coming.

  • Emily (OhBoyMom)

    My husband always says the exact same thing to my 3 boys…if someone is teasing or bullying you, start throwing punches. And I gotta say, I used to think like your mom, but after seeing my kids get bullied, I’m all for showing a kid who’s boss. I know it’s “old school” but honestly, I think it’s the only thing that works!!