Sunday, December 16, 2012

More Thoughts on Submission


Real life dealt us all a horrifying blow Friday.  There have been a lot of prayers, and tears and there will be more.  It makes me feel like nothing else is worth discussing.  But at the same time we have to step away from the television.  Watching coverage for hours at a time can’t be good for us either.  Maybe our discussions out here aren’t earth shattering in their importance, but if they can distract us for a bit maybe that's of some value.  I wrote this last week so I’m going to go ahead and post it.  We are all thinking of everyone in Newtown and I know we’ll all continue praying, but I need the distraction, maybe you do to.

First I want to thank every for the birthday wishes. I had a nice relaxing day, even if I did turn another year older. 

The other day I read this post over at Lillie and Ian’s place. And yesterday I was happy to read that they worked together to come up with a fair solution that they could both agree on.  But I want to tell you what I have been thinking about the situation.  At the first reading I was a little amused.  Cassie has a story something like this over at her site.  The similarities made me smile in passing, but as I read the comments of some of our friends I began taking it more seriously.  So seriously that I never even left a comment, because I didn’t know what to say.  And since then I can’t get it out of my head.  I am caught between, “You’re a grown women, wear what you want” and “If you truly gave him the gift of your submission, and this is important to him, don’t wear the suit.”

Submission fascinates me.  I have spent all my life wanting (or thinking I wanted) to be submissive.  I fantasied about a man who care enough about me to want to control me, care for me, watch over me and discipline me if I fell short of his expectations. Come to think of it, I fantasied way more about his reaction to my defiance than I did about my submission.  (Guess you can see where Cassie comes from.) After 23 years of marriage I told Nick about the spanking fantasies, but was rather vague about the submission part. When he finally understood that I was offering him the gift of my submission his reply, in essence, was, “No thanks.”

He was kind about it, but he made it clear that it wasn’t something he wanted.  Much like the red silk shirt my sister bought him one Christmas (hadn’t she ever met my husband?)  Nick being a real dom just wasn’t a fit or style he was interested in.  I pushed it for a while sometimes pouted and withdrew because he wouldn’t take control.  However, as the years have gone by, I’ve come to realize that Nick made the right choice for us.  I still wonder if I would have been able to be submissive.  I know I still fantasies about it at times, but it should probably just stay right there in my fantasies.

So I returned to the question of the bathing suit.  For one things Nick would not care how many men ogled me.  I doubt he would notice if they were lined up drooling because he knows I’m coming home with him. Period.  I mean no disrespect to Lillie or Ian here; I know that they know the same thing about each other.  But Nick just wouldn’t care unless, of course, someone was bothering me.

So I asked him Lillie’s bathing suit question, “If I lost weight and bought a sexy bathing suit, would you object?”

He looked a little puzzled and laughed, “You planning on wearing it to school?”

“No I told him,” not falling into his teasing. “Just the beach.  Would you mind?”

He still looked a little puzzled then said pretty much exactly what I knew he’d say, “If you picked it out and thought it was appropriate I’m assuming it would be, so I wouldn’t care.”

In my head I took it a step further, suppose I did come home with a small suit and Nick said something like, “Hmm… that’s a little more revealing than you usually wear.  You sure you want to go out in that?”

I imagine I wouldn’t wear it for two reasons.  One, since he rarely would notice or comment on such a thing, then it really might be too revealing.  And two, if I thought it would make him uncomfortable I wouldn’t wear it.  Not because he told me I couldn’t but just because that’s how we are with each other.

Nick and I have been together nearly thirty years.  We were both very independent when we married.  I’d lived on my own for six years, for him it had been thirteen years.  Neither of us is submissive to the other, we are still independent people, yet we depend on each other.  We’re just us and we’re content.

Written by PK at 5:30 PM

11 comments

11 Comments:

At 3:27 AM, Blogger Bas said...

Depending on each other / submitting to each other. What's the difference.
You fulfil each others wishes whether the other tells you about it or not. That's because you put the other's happiness before your own happiness.
When he gives you a spanking, because you like him to do that, who is submissive? Does it matter?
When you reckon with his wishes, when you buy a swimsuit, is that submission or are you just plain nice to your husband? Does it matter?
Only good can come from listening to each others wishes.
Maybe during all those years your secret submission wish was just a secret wish to be nice to Nick. Does it matter?

 
At 6:43 AM, Blogger Paul said...

PK,
you both live the lives that suit you, you have done it for thirty years.
I can only echo Bas, does it matter.
Love and warm hugs,
Paul.

 
At 9:04 AM, Blogger abby said...

"just us".....that is the ultimate really. Your lifestyle, should fit the two of you....it should be about just us! Oh fantasies are great...but they are fantasies!
hugs abby

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger sunnygirl said...

PK Your last paragraph is hubby and I. We live by the Golden Rule and therefore no other rules are necessary. The rest of the stuff is just that stuff.

 
At 6:07 PM, Blogger Minelle Labraun said...

I do think the most important thing is to listen to what matters to each other. Recently my husband talked about something and I worried I had inadvertently upset him with my actions. I wouldn't want that. To me that is what is important.

 
At 6:35 PM, Blogger 1950's Princess said...

I have a blog about this www.1950princess.blogspot.co.uk

Princess x

 
At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Patty said...

Sorry that I missed your birthday. Congratulations! Treat every B.Day as a gift (considering the alternative, they are very special).

 
At 4:35 AM, Blogger kiwigirliegirl said...

one size doesnt fit all does it. Each couple to their own, and we work ttwd to suit ourselves - whatever works and makes us happy :)and thats how it should be. And i think submission comes in all shapes and sizes and diffent guises. A person might not be actively "submissive" to her/his spouse BUT does that person go out of his/her way to displease his/her spouse - no - because they want to please and make hi/her spouses happy - is that not being submissive?
hugs kiwi xx

 
At 6:44 AM, Blogger Roz said...

Hi PK, I echo what the others have said. Each couple needs to work out what works for them and makes them happy. Submission does come in many different forms.

Hugs
Roz

 
At 4:15 PM, Blogger Ami Starsong said...

Hi Pk, you really got me thinking. After I had written my comments to Lillie I worried about them. Then I went to check my own swimsuits. It's strange but I found I had several that were very conservative. Yet I also wear bikinis that are very brief when we are away in very hot climes. Starman isn't worried so long as I am happy. Yes, I wish that I looked like a supermodel every now and again, but mostly I'm happy in my own skin. From what I can see everyone has a slightly different approach to this lifestyle. And that's good because as Roz above has said, submission comes in many different guises.

A very happy birthday and many more of them!

Hugs, Ami

 
At 10:49 PM, Blogger PK said...

Bas,
Honestly I think I learned something from writing this. Nick and I do try to be nice to each other. We’re still polite to each other, saying ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’. I know some couples that just don’t.

Paul,
You said it, we’re happy. That’s all that counts.

Abby,
I love my fantasies, but not as much as my real life.

Sunny,
I’ve always felt that our marriages had to be pretty similar. We’re lucky.

Minelle,
Listening is so important, most of the time I do – not always I’m afraid.

Princess,
Come by anytime. Maybe we can get to know one another.

Patty,
I loved my birthday. I have never once minded a birthday, age really doesn’t bother me at all.

Kiwi,
We do try to please each other. And that’s not submissive, I think it’s just love.

Roz,
I’m glad we all realize that ttwd comes in many, many different shapes and sizes and that we can all still get along.

Ami,
Thanks for the birthday wishes! I used to like tiny bathing suits – had one for our honeymoon, but as the pounds crept on that was no longer an option. I’d like the weight gone for health reasons more that looks – but I would look better.

 

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