Rory feels terribly guilty about missing Lorelai’s graduation.
Lorelai realizes something about their relationship.
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“Mom, I’m so sorry I missed your graduation. You should punish me every day for”
“Rory,” Lorelai broke in, “missing my graduation was enough punishment. You don’t need to beat yourself up over it.”
“But that,” Rory thought, “is exactly what I have to do.”
Rory went into her bedroom and closed the door. A few minutes later, Lorelai heard
She rushed into the room.
Lorelai took the hairbrush from her daughter, saying, “Rory, if you really feel that that’s what you need, then I’ll do it. Punishing you when you do wrong is my job, not yours.”
“But you’ve never punished me before, Mom.”
“No, because we’ve always been more like friends, than like mother and daughter, and friends don’t punish friends.”
“But are you going to do it now? I know I deserve it for missing your graduation.”
“Yes, I’m going to give you the spanking you think you need, but it won’t be for missing my graduation.”
But you were so hurt and disappointed.”
“Yes, but you didn’t choose to miss my graduation. You thought you’d be back on time,” Lorelai reminded Rory. “Missing my graduation was the result of the choices you made today.”
“Maybe I deserved to miss your graduation.”
“Rory, even you had gotten back in plenty of time, cutting school and going to New York would still have been just as wrong.”
What you did was irresponsible and childish, and I think you know it.”
It was also dangerous. There are so many horrible things that could have happened to you.”
“That,” Lorelai concluded, “is why I’m going to punish you.” She sat on the bed.
“Now, get over my lap, young lady.”
Rory crawled over Lorelai’s lap.
“Now, Rory, this is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.”
Rory smiled slightly at her Mom’s use of the cliche. She countered with another one.
“I know, and I’m ready to take my medicine.”
Lorelai had planned to give Rory a few symbolic, slightly stinging taps with the hairbrush, but when Rory said, “I’m ready to take my medicine,” she realized that for Rory, the spanking would be not so much a punishment as a catharsis to relieve her guilt.
But could it, perhaps, also be a catharsis to relieve Lorelai’s hurt over Rory’s having missed her graduation?
“Rory,” she said, “I’ve changed my mind.”
“You mean, you’re not going through with it?”
“Oh yes, I’m going through with it. You’re getting twenty good spanks, and it will also be for missing my graduation.”
She lifted the hairbrush and
When it was over, Rory no longer felt guilty, and Lorelai no longer felt hurt and angry.
They hugged and cried for a few minutes, and then Lorelai said, “Now let’s go out and celebrate. I’m starving, and I could really use a good cup of coffee.”
“Me, too,” said Rory. “But I think I’d better bring a pillow.”
Rory and Lorelai both sensed a subtle change in their relationship.
They were still best friends; they would always be best friends, but now they had a new, added closeness.
The closeness of a mother and a daughter.