My mother, Katrina Thornwood, gave me the best advice a girl could ever have. She would say, “Discipline is the greatest virtue of them all.”

Being the only daughter of a wealthy parents has allowed me to experience a number of advantages. My father’s unfortunate, though convenient, death has further assured my security.

Katrina Thornwood, shortly after the unexplained death of her husband. The body was never found.

I was only five at the time my mother first introduced me  to the value of discipline, of course, and she was saying it as while overseeing me select which strap I would be punished with that particular evening.

There was a hard leather strop, a softer one that, if dampened would raise a livid welt on my flesh, and part of an old bridle, the leather cracked and fraying. She was unafraid laying applying the tools of discipline with vigor.

Her views  and values stayed with me thrpugh my childhood and into my adult years, and remain today. It’s something I have done my very best to help those around me to embrace.

My mother had many other useful nuggets of advice to impart, but it was her adoption of a very authoritarian apporach to parenting that set me up for a life that has been dedicated to helping others. As I ease them into a greater understanding of the value of self control, so they learn to thank me.

After spending my childhood in an excellent English boarding school for girls, I travelled extensively with some of my friends from school. University was a breeze for me, as I’ve always found academia a comfortable place in which to foster my friendships and develop relationships.

Today I spend my time travelling, and living the philosophy my mother instilled. I feel this is the authentic version of who I am. I visit my mother at Christmas each year, but spend most of the rest of my time in Canada, where I feel most at home, or travelling extensively.

Feel free to email me. I can be reached at katiathornwood@gmail.com

If I can reply I shall. I welcome both male and female correspondents.