Childhood lessons from mindless beatings

If you were hit as a child for no good reason, was it possible to learn from it? When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. The writer gives them a squeeze

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"Why are you hitting me?"

The grown-up roared back: "I'm angry!"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline Childhood lessons from mindless beatings. Subscribe