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Turning the Queen Mary
Sometimes, I think that what we are trying to do, as we work to bring our relationship around and set it on a new heading, is a lot like that... turning the Queen Mary. We have to overcome the momentum that carried us along our previous path. We have to overcome the inertia of a long-term relationship with plenty of history. We have to create new patterns, find new currents, learn new habits, try to understand an intimate world that is completely "other" than what we recognized before.
In the world of big ships, the thing that does the work of making that turn happen is a small flap on the main rudder called a trim tab. In terms of the physics, a small adjustment in the trim tab, changes the dynamics of the ship's motion, and so creates the turn with way less effort and energy than you might expect. A small, effective change can be the beginning of a much bigger movement.
For us, the small triumphs; the seemingly ordinary moments, the otherwise unremarkable happy events act as that relational trim tab. And so, when we find our way, as we have this weekend, into spankings that leave us flushed and giddy, when we make love, when we enjoy a pleasant meal, when we come out of a movie feeling like we've shared something special together... it is way more than what it might seem on the surface. What those things become for us, are the trim tab that helps us change the direction of the ship we've been sailing. If we are to finally succeed in turning the Queen Mary here, then I think this weekend was a beginning.