Friday, June 29, 2012

More of the Same

Lately..the last couple weeks, I suppose, I seem to be getting a little bit of resistance from my Knight when it comes to following my instructions. Nothing major.. no outright refusals or anything.  But, a lot of "oops, I forgot" and "oh.. I thought that changed when X happened - I didn't know you still wanted me to do it"  kind of moments. It's annoying, frustrating and just a bit discouraging.

There was an incident yesterday where my I asked my Knight to drop off a huge bag of books to one of the charity based 2nd hand stores... again. These books have been in the back of our van for 3 weeks, waiting to be donated. Yesterday I reminded him for the -who knows how many-th time to drop them off on his way home from work. The donation site is less than one mile from his office so, really.. this is NOT a huge deal.. just get it done. Well.. once again it didn't get done. My Knight's "explanation"?

"I wasn't sure you still wanted me to make the stop since we're taking the kids to the lake."

Um. Yeah. Whatever. That makes no sense.. since I never said:

  •  don't don't take the books for donation
  •  I never said "come straight home" 
  • we are in email contact all day long. There is NEVER a time during his day at work where he is unable to send me an email. He could have easily emailed and asked.
  • Ditto for text.
  • I sent him an email about mid-way through the day to remind him to drop off the books. 

And then.. last Sunday there was the breakfast bickering. My Knight got up late, and then spent 35 minutes following me around the house asking what I wanted for breakfast. Quite frankly, I wanted to go get my shower so I could get ready for church. But instead ended up standing in our kitchen discussing breakfast choice that could not have cared less about.. and Yes, I told him "I don't care.. just make something, I'm going up to take my shower."   My Knight started talking about running out to the store for something or other and it stopped me in my tracks. We were getting ready for church. The 6 of us had to be out the door and in the van in 20 minutes, if we were to make it on-time. We did not have the time for him to run to the store. After wasting another 5 minutes going in circles I finally told him never mind. I'll make my own breakfast that day.... and every day from here on out - not to bother. And then I went upstairs for a quick shower.

Interestingly enough.. when I came back down, my Knight had made breakfast, AND the tea he had totally forgotten about. And he has made breakfast for me everyday this week. 

It's these little things that make me go back to wondering if my Knight really wants FLR, or if he's just agreed to go along with this to save our marriage a year ago. I find myself wondering if he's doing some sort of passive-aggressive protest bs over specific requests of mine..

I realize that's a question none of you can answer... that I need to ask HIM. And I have.. many, many times. Each time he tells me the same.. "Yes, I want this." My Knight was excited and thrilled to receive his ring. That ring has not come off his finger once since I presented him with it. If I even suggest we take a break from FLR for a while my Knight tells me that's not what he wants.. that he's happy with and likes the way things are.  Heck.. every time I remind him that finances, or our social obligations, or planning things, or even scheduling when he will finish writing projects,  are no longer his concern - that is job now is just to do 
as I ask him,  he answers with "do you have any idea how much I love you" or something similar.  

Granted...... I have not asked him if he still wants FLR since I give him the ring, but as you can see from the breakfast episode, the mere mention of   "I'll do it myself" caused him to get over whatever his issue was and get the job done. And.. after he didn't drop off those books yesterday I sent him an email this morning asking if it would be better if I just went back to doing everything myself.  He dropped those books off on his way home tonight.

But... at the same time, my Knight has pulled the passive aggressive crap on me before. Saying he'll do something and then not following through because he really doesn't want to.. he just agreed to avoid an argument. Granted.. that was before the FLR agreement when we were both still pretty angry with each other, but .... it makes me wonder. 

I've asked my Knight to keep a journal of his feelings and thoughts regarding FLR, us, and life in general. But, he doesn't write init very often. Actually, he was really good about it for the first week or so, and then just stopped... when I asked him about it, he claimed lack of time. So, I carved out 45 minutes each evening for journal writing. But, he always seems to find a way to fill that time with something he "forgot" or "didn't have time" to do earlier in the day. 

I am looking at my Knight's actions and I see one of two possibilities here.. 1. He really is not into this whole FLR thing and is just trying to keep the peace  or 2. He's trying to get me to be more strict with him.

A third possibility would be that he really IS that forgetful.... but I don't think so. 

Could it be that my Knight is still so caught up in not wanting to displease me that it is still causing him to go in circles? That my insistence that I didn't care what we ate for breakfast on Sunday sent him into a tailspin of wondering what I *really* wanted?  And that finding out we were going to the lake when he got home made him wonder if I really wanted him to delay getting home by dropping off those books...and since he couldn't decide he did nothing?

But in the case of the books, why not just email me and be done with it?  A quick email asking is a heck of a lot more efficient than stressing and wondering. 

When I ask him these questions, he tells me likes the FLR arrangement --that he feels calmer and less stressed knowing I have everything under control. And I believe him. About the other possibilities, he tells me he doesn't know... or he's not sure.. or..... tries to change the subject.  Leaving me wondering what do do next. 

I never expected this transition to be an easy one. But I did expect to get some input from my Knight about what works best for him, and most importantly WHY. I have *got* to get him comfortable with talking about FLR and his own submissive tendencies.  I keep saying I'm going to try "conversation by cock tease" but, when it comes down to it I always feel so .... manipulative doing that. I've done it twice with mixed results. The first time my Knight answered everything I asked him. The second time he wasn't very forthcoming with answers. And both times, I felt like I unfairly manipulated  and took advantage of him. Even though we talked about the 'conversation by cock tease" approach, and he knew what I was doing, and he's told me more than once  "do whatever you feel you need to keep me on track"  I still felt like crap for manipulating him like that, and I haven't done it since. 

Maybe the whole manipulation issue is a whole different blog post.







6 comments:

  1. Mistress Angelique,

    I have learned through several years living as my wife’s submissive that bothering her with a domestic chore triviality is really just an attempt I am making for her to be a domme over me. It is really a form of topping from the bottom. It took time for me to first recognize this and secondly to change the behavior. Now, if I ask my wife about a domestic chore triviality, I preface it by apologizing for bothering her with such a small matter and I do so only on rare occasions when I feel I sincerely would benefit from her direction.

    Food preparation is left up to me. My wife’s menu is well known to me now and I almost never have to ask her. Taking up her time with a triviality about what do you what for breakfast would be wrong for me to do. I do understand this now, but it did take time.

    Sincerely,

    -SH

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  2. flog him
    flog him hard
    the harder you flog the more he will know that you love him and that he did wrong.
    When he is good.
    Flog him but not so hard.

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  3. What I beleive is that most men need a set of rules for them to follow. They need structure, they need discipline in thier lives that can only come from female authority.They need to understand your expectations. If breakfast is not ready on time they need to understand that mistress will not be happy.
    If mistress is not happy it means that privledges will be taken away. It may be no television for the week, or no computer time, whatever it is that he likes to do. If the house is not cleaned it may mean he dosen't go to the game with his budy or even watch it on the televison. Whatever, never argue with a man.
    Simply let him know there are consequences to his negative behavior.

    Also, if you do take away a privledge or punish him in some way, ask him if he understands why he is being punished. Make him repeat it to you several times.
    After he repeats it several times ask him who is the boss in the house. Train him to tell you what it is that he did wrong or forgot to do. Kathy

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  4. I totally recommend what Kathy has recommended. I would also give him the task of writing down the things he must accomplish by certain deadlines, so he can see exactly where he has missed the boat, and then make him write out a plan for remediation. That will make him think about things and might give you some hints about what is really bothering him. This is something I do with employees.

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  5. We are relatively new in our FLR, but one thing above all else that my Mistress demands of me is to communicate. And communication does not come natural for me. I have, like your knight I believe, built up emotional walls over the years that were difficult for me to let go of. And initially, I had difficulty letting my Mistress inside out of fear and out of an unwillingness to burden her. But my Mistress recognized these "emotional" walls and immediately made me break them down through communication. And even today, she reminds me that I need to communicate better. She often tasks me with sending her a daily email expressing my thoughts and feelings and I have never disappointed her.

    Until you get him to express what he's truly feeling, your relationship will teeter on futility in my opinion. Clearly there is some feeling in him that is causing this behavior and he is either unable or unwilling to communicate them to you.

    And until he is able to open himself to you, you should never feel guilty about any sort of manipulation. You are, afterall, in control.

    Best of luck.

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  6. I agree with MissNaydi. It sometimes helps when you have a guy write down the things he must accomplish.
    What I don't like is communication with a man by email or text. Communications with your guy should be in person. With John if helps if he is on his knees, or in command postion. Having a man in the inferior position helps to eliminate back talk. Kathy

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