I haven't openly tested or played with my Knight's submission. Not in any kind or real way, at least. Sure, he has a couple of household chores that I expect him to complete every night, and he knows that he is always to make sure there is at least half a tank of gas in the car on the days I'm running kids around, doing errands, or the nights I have rehearsal. I don't put gas in the car.. and If I have to do so then he is not doing his job. I expect him to make me coffee or tea every morning and he is responsible for making both our breakfasts on the days I drive him to work. But.. these are mundane and routine tasks that I know he's willing to do. So, I decided to put his submission to a (very small) test. I sent him an email telling him I would like him to start shaving his pubic hair. I told him I wanted it gone, and expect him to maintain it as well. No, not a major request, but really, it's my first request of that nature. I've hinted and joked about shaving him myself, but I never flat out told him to do it -- until now.
He did it this morning. No questions asked. No argument or resistance. He sent me an email apologizing that he did a sloppy job with it because he was running late this morning, and he will fix it tomorrow.
Good. Now I can present him with his ring tomorrow evening when we go out. I'm planning to take him somewhere special to present the ring. I'll save the details for afterward just in case he finds his way to my blog before then.
Interestingly enough, Since we bought the ring, my Knight has been more attentive than usual. He's checked in with me before doing anything he's not completely sure of, and has made a point of being accountable to me for his time. This isn't out of the ordinary for him, but he's been more.. focused?/committed?/enthusiastic? ... about it over the last few days. I'm not sure of the word I'm looking for, but to me it's a sure sign he's enjoying this process.
Late yesterday I sent him an email asking if he likes being my toy and if he's looking forward to being presented with a symbol of his submission to me and my acceptance of that submission. I asked him to tell me what he's thinking about all this. In response I received a one sentence email: "Um.. yeah.. I think I am.*wink*" Translation? He's loving it.
And to my surprise he didn't object to the word submission. In the past when I've used the word submission/submissive in regard to my Knight, he's argued that he doesn't see it as being "submissive", only attentive, "playing to our strengths" and "the way things should be." He's always seen his role in our relationship as a promise to follow my lead, do my bidding and make my world easier-- like a romantic knight does for his Lady. I think the more we've talked about things the more he's come to understand that being submissive is not a bad thing. It's simply who he is.