Only rarely did she actually hit, but she liked to SMACK her hands next to their faces or rears and they would cry out anyway.
She didn't like him in particular; that was obvious to anyone.
Before school, she would place him in the hallway and tell him not to move, not to get in anyone's way. Then, with a few minutes to spare, SMACK! "Get ready for school. Now! Don't miss the bus."
Racing around, grabbing food, breathless at the bus stop, stinging eyes.
What does this do to one's mind? Seriously--to the neural pathways and connections? Definition of a mind fuck.