Shi is still on her extended trip, returning home in a few weeks. As shi explained in her last post, there has been a long period where we were forced to return to a more "normal" relationship as shi had some long running health issues to contend with which are no longer an issue.
I, for my part, had no intention of jeopardising her return to health by enforcing "the rules" and punishing any deviation. Which leads me nicely on to my main point.
In my opinion, for what it is worth, it is part of the role of Master/Owner to ensure that his possession is looked after and that steps are taken to ensure that their health and welfare are always of paramount importance. Failure to respect this diminishes the Master in the eyes of his possession and that will always be to the detriment of their bond.
However, what we did incorrectly was just assuming that we wanted or needed to remain as we became, in a normal relationship. Conversation about each others needs dried up during the long period concerned, that was our fault, and a lesson learned.
Despite everything, we are the same. Nothing has changed, especially the desire.There will be rules, starting with those detailed on this site, and they will be enforced. Shi has her instructions on her new attire, which shi will make on her return once we have resourced a suitably harsh fabric. We are not going back to square one, just back sufficiently to build some resilience, which will be low after a long break.