Readers of The Tuesday Prude may come here for real-life advice that addresses real-life issues. (‘What if my child’s eyes glaze over during lectures?’ or ‘Would this be a good time to lecture those in Washington DC who should KNOW BETTER?’)
Any resemblance to actual expert advice by weapons tacticians, child psychologists or purveyors of world peace is purely accidental.
We want to educate you in the ways and means of prudishness and would love to build our ranks. But please take most of what we say with a grain of salt. Or possibly the entirety of Salt Lake City.
We wrap up our lengthy examination of Prude Weapons with the most potent of arms.
The Lecture Lance (LL)
Today we practice
How to Use it.
We learned to brandish it only on those over whom you wield authority, or those who should KNOW BETTER. For our purposes we’ll call them Temporary Combatants (TC’s).
But don’t let its limited range deter you from becoming an expert in its use. A single human can and does make a difference. One person ( I’m going to invent something. I think I’ll call it Facebook) can influence one other person (and I’ll ask so-and-so to be my friend) and that person influences someone else (Hey! I can be friends with people I never met!) and soon the entire known universe is connected via status updates.
The same principle applies to The Lecture Lance. If everyone (E) uses one (1) powerful lecture on each temporary combatant (TC) in their sphere of authority, all of civilization will soon feel the prickles of the it-has-to-hurt-to-make-a-difference Lecture Lance.
Are you skeptical of the LL’s power? We provide an algebraic proof:
E (1L x TC) = E (LTC)
the sum of E(LTC) lectures everyTemporary Combatant in THEIR spheres (ETCS),
ETC (1L x TC) = (ETCS) x infinity
which equals—well—you do the math.
We can’t. That’s why we are humor writers.
Remember. The Lecture Lance is your most powerful assault weapon. Drill daily prior to employing it in field combat.
Before a maneuver, check that every part of the lecture is functioning.
Make sure to include:
–Premise: how fortunate the temporary combatant is to have a parent/authority figure who cares enough to lecture
– Examples: how if ________ (ie. Attila the Hun / the neighbor’s drug dealing son / reprobate of your choice) had had an authority figure who cared enough to lecture, he wouldn’t have _______ (died from heavy drinking after battling Rome / currently be sitting in a Turkish prison waiting to find out which, if any, of his limbs the judge will allow him to retain / consequence of your choice)
–Persistence: several reiterations of “Don’t sigh and/or roll your eyes. It just makes the lecture longer”
–Application: a recap of the TC’s lapse from good behavior and expectations for future improvement
– Binding up the Wounds: fervent, though stern, affirmations of the long-suffering lecturer’s love and/or concern for the temporary combatant
Train diligently, and you can survive and even thrive in the heat of battle. Your can stand firm when the TC’s eyes roll backward and pause under the eyelids long enough to collect an opaque glaze. You won’t lose your focus in the face of sighs deep enough to suck all oxygen from the room. And you won’t EVER let anyone tell you that you are nagging. Nagging is a battering ram poisoned with nerve gas. Instead of heightening the moral sense, nagging numbs it.
The Lecture Lance is a prude’s refined, humane, and effective means to prick the conscience of our temporary combatants and prod them back onto the path of good behavior. Our dream is that some day, history will point to prudes and say: Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.*
*Winston Churchill, a man who knew the power of words.
If only I’d had this information ten years ago. In my lecturing, I don’t think I made nearly enough of the Premise: “how fortunate the temporary combatant is to have a parent/authority figure who cares enough to lecture.” I could have made better use of that tactic, no doubt!
Excellent and helpful points to ponder and practice! Thank you Prude!
I must say I was relieved to read that the you didn’t know the answer to the math either. You lost me at E (1L x TC) = E (LTC). I was worried that algebra would be involved in a good “LL”. Whew! There’s hope for me yet!
I saved this for the end of my long day. Thank you for sending me off to bed with a smile! I do like the distinction between the LL and nagging. I suspect I far too often engage in the latter, and shall have to practice my LL techniques. Thank you for educating me! 😉