Could my mother had been arrested for using a switch to discipline me?
I never thought to call what she did child abuse. Her weapon of choice for her discipline was the switch. She told us kids this was how she was raised. What is good enough for her was good enough for us.
She is about 5' 2" so to reach the long branches, she uses a miniature ladder. With the help of the ladder, she would break off three tree branches, then pick the leaves and their stems off. She practices a few swings, enters the house, and locks the door. No escape from the beating. I receive a whopping because sassing her or not taking my nightly bath.
The switch left reminder images and emotional marks. I didn't back talk her to quickly and finally stop doing it all together. The image of being struck was engrave in my mind. The emotional marks were the feelings my mother was capable of causing me pain and discomfort.
I fear my mother. However, I do believe I love my mother more than I fear her. I wouldn't use her discipline; it created distance between my mother and me.