Crashing has a way of putting me in a very Natty mood. And last Wednesday, after a long Mother's Day, a longer ME/CFS Awareness Day, and a trip to the acupuncturist, I crashed. Every noise became too loud. Every light too bright. Television was painful. My cells felt like they were shaking as their vitality drained into oblivion.
All my haughtiness and dominance of the day before melted into dependency and submission. I wanted to be taken care of. Petted. Told what to do, especially as I was too exhausted to figure it out for myself.
Obviously I needed to rest, which I did without protest that night. I woke up the next day promising to continue resting rather than pushing through the exhaustion as I usually do….just after I checked my email. But with the bed adjusted to near zero-gravity and the Mac agreeably on my lap, the temptation to check a few more things was too much. Before I knew it, A. had gone out and returned again two hours later to find me still on the computer.
He didn't say anything until bedtime when he asked if I could manage a spanking — something I had not yet been able to tolerate since his arrival because of pain in my sacro-iliac joint and lower right abdomen.
"As long as it's a surface-y implement," I replied. "Like the belt."
"What about the ruler?" Twenty-four inches of deceptively light but terribly stingy wood.
"Yes." I swallowed a scowl. "The ruler would be okay." Even though I much prefer the feel of the belt.
I pulled down my jammie bottoms and laid down on the bed.
"I'm sorry I didn't rest this afternoon," I said as penitently as possible, hoping my apology might reduce my impending punishment.
"I'm sorry too. You needed that rest," was A.'s quiet, grave reply.
That stung almost as much as the ruler.
When I'm irritated with the limitations illness imposes, I've come to find refuge in my "Princess Natalie" mood, as A. and I have begun calling it. Relishing every wet, bawdy moment of dictating my will and dishing out pain. Feeling imperious and demanding obeisance.
But when I crash and I'm too weak to be irritated, it's all Natty. Meek. Dependent. Child-like. Craving absolution from the guilt I feel for being feeble and useless. Desperate for structure to guide me through my fatigue-induced disorientation and forgetfulness. Hungry for cuddles and sometimes even a spanking to reinforce for me that there is no shame — and much to be gained — in resting.
[Cross-posted at Natty's Spanking Blog]