Good golly, I surely do love vacations. The days prior to a trip are chock full of endless lists of tasks and happy anticipation. I so enjoy this part of preparing for a holiday. Please see below for a whole post about me and pre-trip excitement titled,
"Tell Me About the Rabbits, George."
So much to do! Both of us stay busy.
- Arrange for house sitter and dog care.
- Stock fridge and make up guest bed.
- Check on any car service needed. Gas up.
- Confirm reservations - hotels, airlines.
- Catch up on laundry - pull out suitcases.
- Pack clothing appropriate to trip activities.
- Organize medications and toiletry items.
- Assemble travel documents and maps.
- Snacks for car and airline trips.
- Determine amount of cash needed. Bank errand.
- Get caught up at work.
Now, I will admit that I sometimes go too far. Sam loves for me to be excited, just not possessed. He also heartily endorses a "preemptive strike" to remind me who is really in charge on a trip. You see, Sam would never spank me in a hotel, although we have played rough with the prior understanding that I keep any protestations buried in a pillow. But he likes to remind me about bossiness, telling him how to drive, losing my temper. You know - all the regular stuff. This timely reminder happens OTK or OTB. Sam insists this a discussion because I am required to voice my assent at certain points during his pep talk.
So at the start of any vacation - car or plane, short or extended, I am the picture of the submissive wife. Sweet, agreeable, careful not to offer my opinion when it is not requested, patient with poor service at a restaurant, eager to please Sam in every way. My god, my halo is shined so bright, you would need sunglasses just to stand next to me!
Now, I don't know about how the rest of you do when away from home, but as for me, that glistening halo can begin to tarnish and slip to the side as the our pleasant leisure days pass by.
Little comments take on a more opinionated tone.
"Well, I think it would be better to gas up the night before, Hon."
Impatience can creep back in.
"It's just dumb to waste time waiting. Maybe you should ask."
Giving directions to Sam unnecessarily.
"You probably need to clean the windshield
next time we stop for gas."
"You need to turn at the next light."
"Be sure you are careful of the breakables when you pack."
See What I Mean? Good god, Ella, just shut up!
You Sound Like the Garmin Bitch....
When I was a kid, my dad played the soundtrack to Music Man until I knew all the lyrics by heart. There is a song I remember called "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little." I think about those words when I start to get like this. But many times, even though I hear myself heading down the wrong road, I do not stop.
" Pick a little, talk a little,
Pick a little, talk a little,
Cheep cheep cheep, talk a lot,
pick a little more..."
We were quite tired when we arrived home. By the next morning I was in full domestic swing to set the house to rights ASAP. So much to do before I returned to work. Answers were short and curt. The final straw was gum in the washing machine and dryer! When Sam came home at lunchtime, I was in "Super Bitch" mode. Hardly spoke. Sam noticed right away.
Very soon Sam appeared in the doorway. Hands on his hips and very quiet, too. I couldn't even look at him. Then he said we needed to address several issues, especially my temper. He came over and took my hand, and we walked to the bedroom. I stood by the bed as he opened the bottom drawer of the chest. This wasn't going to be a happy spanking, and he laid Mr. Paddle on the bed and unzipped my jeans.
"You know what to do," was all he said.
But Sam had plenty to say once he began. He went point by point starting with the instances where I thought it necessary to tell him what to do, especially in front of others. When he progressed to the subject of temper, the intensity with which the paddle was being applied went up a several notches.
The tears started, and I truly wish I could tell you that they were sad and sorry ones. Instead, they were tears of anger, and I resisted submission both mentally and physically. Sam wasn't having it and continued.
Even at my age, sometimes I do not understand where my anger comes from. It has always been that way for me from my earliest memories. This character flaw was not appreciated by my parents, the nuns at Catholic school, or public school principals when I escaped the blue catechism at age 9. Guess you would have called me "scrappy." I certainly didn't hesitate to start a physical fight, even with boys. You could find me standing outside the principal's office starting about age 6. The fighting finally stopped when I was close to 12 years old.
Today, I think one of my biggest triggers is when I perceive that someone or something is wasting my time. That drives me freaking berserk! Sam will just lean back, sigh, and wait patiently. The Mount St. Ella will belch smoke for only so long before she blows. He knows how I might very well react and helps me to deal with instances when they happen. Sometimes, with just a gentle hand on my arm, and sometimes with a much more aggressive hand on my bottom.
I don't know how long he spanked, but when he finally let me up, I think he knew the anger was still bubbling inside me. The capitulation hadn't happened yet. It has been a very long time, maybe as much as a year, since he has told me to stand in the corner, but that is what he chose to do.
It only took about 2 minutes of deep breathing before things started to make sense. Before I knew for sure that I had really screwed up. Why does this happen when we are away from home? Why is
Finally I could talk and now the tears were falling because I wanted to say I was sorry. There is never any question of being forgiven. All the hard feelings disappear, the connection is back, and this ttwd life we have chosen is reset.
Wish I had answers to all the questions I have posed in this post, but I am glad I wrote about this. The problem seems to creep up pretty regularly when we are away from home, and I revert to an Ella that I never liked that much. Maybe the key to this ttwd travel glitch is to find a way for me to deescalate without the spanking when we are on the road. A metaphorical "corner" of the world where my only task is to let the bossiness and anger go. What if Sam just whispered in my ear and said, "Let's take a walk," or "We are going back to the hotel for a bit," or "You need to sit with me in the truck for a little while." What if all it took was for me to stay absolutely silent for 15 minutes no matter where we were?
It is embarrassing for me to admit to traits like bossiness and my temper. Perhaps it is the structure that ttwd gives to our relationship that seems to break down when we are out for an extended period of time in the big, wide world. It would help me to know if there are others who face this same challenge.
"And though she be but little, she is fierce."
A Midsummer Night's Dream
|'The lady doth protest too much, methinks'|