[M/s 365] Travel stresses and the Master/slave

slave angie: Travel is always stressful when family drama hits but we seem to be catching a rhythm to falling back on our M/s to actually pull us through. A lot of the drama are things we really have no control over but still end up effecting us in tough ways. When the natural current of the back and forth is reliable it makes everything so much easier for me to get through.

Master Michael: So what that looks like is that something will blow up in our faces, usually slave angie is the first one to catch wind of it, or the kids bring it to “Mommmmm”, and one of two things will happen. She’ll either already have it 50% handled by the time I learn about it, or she’ll come to me for support and strength. So, I’ll see what I need to take care of, if anything, sometimes it’s just to listen and let her be heard. Sometimes it’s so overwhelming, that she has to put it down and I’ll pick it up – or vice versa. My bucket will overflow and I’ll give it to her to take care of. Either way, we trust each other enough to have each others’ backs and to not let these things get out of hand. Sometimes we have to juggle – a lot of times we have to juggle, especially when we’re dealing with special needs kids and grandkids, but we have a support network that gets things done.

So… today we had several stresses hit – kids/family stresses over last minute changes, starting to shift responsibilities of planning daycare to the older kids who are the parents (that’s Grandma power-slave *grin*) and then… in all the stress, lack of sleep we’ve had and quick-turnarounds, we get to the airport, through security and realize we left our title vests (which are like our sashes) at home. Locked up, safe and sound… but we couldn’t figure out how to get them to us. Kinda embarrassing. In the past, this would have locked me up hard, but we’ve found that rhythm, and thanks to my friends on Facebook giving me shit – mercilessly, but in good nature – just let it go… can’t be helped… not the end of the world, although I’m sure I’ll get more teasing here at MsC.


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Master Michael S

International Master 2014. Member of: Chicago Leather Club, Chicago Leathermen Group, MAsT: Greater Chicago. Longtime leatherman. One of the Four Horsemen.

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