“That’s it! I’ve had it. I am sick and tired of being a fetcher, cleaner, packer, carrier, washer, folder, organizer, etc! Done…over it…arrrrg”. Rant, rant, rant inside my head, bursting forth in a random diatribe. “I am sick and tired of you being lazy! You expect me to do everything. There you sit on your ass while I am rushing around doing shit for you.” Stomp, stomp, stomp. Rant some more. More of the same though the words and are switched around and ever more colorful metaphors spring to life. “You are a lump of lifeless stone while I am a grunting mindless drone working my ass off…for what?? Nothing!” Rawr! Rant, rant, rant.
Likely five minutes long felt like an hour. I was pissed off and making no polite deferring kind respectful bones about it. There sat Master looking a bit dazed. He had that sort of “WTF” expression.
Without giving him time to take a breath I blazed on, “You aren’t even going to respond? You don’t give a shit about what I as saying…why would you? This is all great for you. You get all your stuff done. You don’t have to lift a finger.”
More blank stare.
STOMP. “I am not a sla…” The rest of the word ‘slave’ left unspoken, I corrected to, “…servant!” Then I stopped short and said nothing.
There was the rub. Servant versus slave. During the week, he had been stressed out. He had checked out for a few hours that afternoon. Off I went going about doing all the things I normally do for him while he was just floating by. I had no clue what was wrong but was getting more and more pissed off with each passing moment. Finally I broke into a million ranting shards of myself. I was lost and clueless as to how to recover from the emotional swan dive.
Master sat and looked more confused now that I had stopped ranting.
I suddenly stumbled over my words. Still anger in my voice but also terrified and confused. “I hate being a maid. I wouldn’t take the job for a million dollars. I don’t like it one bit. I am just a worthless servant without meaning. I am supposed to be your slave! This is all wrong. You left me on my own, and now I am angry and want to tell you to shove it.”
He chuckled slightly. “Ok, I get that now. Calm down…it will be alright.” That last said as he grabbed a hold of me by my hair and pulled me down close to his chest. “I am sorry I left you alone. I’m here now and you are fine. Now, go and finish packing.”
At once I was feeling shaky and crying a little and very much relieved.
He had not actually left me physically alone. Instead he was emotionally disconnected. Long work weeks for both of us and too many responsibilities to vanilla life had distracted us without us even knowing it. He had left the building as surely as Elvis; I kept right on doing things he normally would have told me to do.
I did not wait. I did not get still before my Master and wait for his will. I assumed. I made myself into a worker bee instead of an owned beloved slave. Rush, rush all about I went. Doing, doing, doing…never realizing I was paddling my little canoe farther and farther away from the safety of my shore. By the time I noticed I was drowning, I was a mess.
Master towed me back into shore. He never pointed out that I was the one who had gotten me into trouble. Like a father lovingly drying off his half-drowned little girl he simply made sure I was alright and knew already the lesson was taught plainly enough by the experience.
I do so love him. He is the steady ground. Thank you Master.