Prelude 52

“Martha, what are we going to do with that boy?” John asked.

“Oh, he's just being a a boy. I'd worry if he didn't get up to mischief,” Martha replied.

“Burning down the shed is not mischief.”

“It was an accident, John”.

“I know that, but he should know better than to play with fire near a petrol canister.”

“He's learnt a lesson.” Martha was used to placating her oft angry husband with regard to Aaron.

“He most certainly did.”

“I wish you hadn't used the belt.”

“Martha, you're too soft on the boy. I learned some fine lessons from the belt. He needs to be prepared for life. Its tough out there.”