Well, you know how it is: some of the mums decide to have a get-together and then after the first few, awkward minutes someone says something that ignites the conversation and things sort of go from there.
Donna had announced that her daughter, Mandy, had been paddled at school a couple of days previously. She'd inspected her daughter's bottom and been impressed by the purple blotches decorating each side of her buttocks.
"Wow," she said, "I'm sure it must have hurt. But she deserved it, she was getting fresh with one of the new teachers."
"I guess I've never been paddled," said Arlene, after a short pause. "But it can't hurt that much. They wouldn't whack teenagers too hard. Mandy must have a very sensitive butt."
"I don't know," Donna replied. "My mom and dad sure as hell paddled me when I was young, and I can tell you, it really stings."
Mary said, quite quietly: "Well, my husband spanks me, and I love it. You wouldn't believe the sex we have afterwards!"
There was a stunned silence for a moment, then shrieks of amazement and laughter.
"Tell us about it," they chorused, clustering around Mary.
"It's sort of like a game. Some nights Herb comes home and says something like 'I can smell burning. Have you spoiled the dinner?', and I say 'Yes, I'm afraid so'. Then he marches me up to the bedroom, puts me over his knee and gives me a good spanking. Or sometimes he uses a paddle - that's even better."
"Use your imagination!"
"My, I would never have guessed that you two are so kinky! I can't believe it!"
"You ought to try it yourselves."
"You don't know what you're missing!"
Lulu, who was wearing some astonishing striped pants, reflected for a moment.
"You said Herb paddles you: have you got a paddle here in the house?"
"Yep. Two actually."
Lulu looked at the others. Their eyes were gleaming too.
"Go fetch. I gotta try this."
Some hours (some mis-spent hours) later, when the other ladies had gone, Herb returned home.
"How was your day, darling? Did you have a good time with your girl friends. I hope you behaved!"
"Of course we did, darling!"
"I don't believe you. Go up to the bedroom!" He gave her a lecherous smile and patted her bottom.
Ohmigod, she thought, how am I going to explain the marks?