Taming the Tiger
Ever wondered why as a TiH you still find it necessary to occasionally hiss and scratch? Ironic behavior from one who wants to be taken in hand and lead, but yet I read numerous blogs where the TiH admits to doing just that from time to time.
I believe the answer lies in the unique relationship between HoH and TiH. So, what makes a good HoH and what makes a good TiH?
I have said it before, but it is worth repeating, first and foremost, a good HoH must have the utmost respect for their TiH. What does that mean? It is not the same as love, because while love plays a gigantic and integral part in any relationship, respect confirms that the TiH is a unique person, an individual who has value and is worthy of the love and care so freely given.
What is it about a TiH that garners this respect that we HoH’s all have for our TiH’s? I think it perhaps can best be explained if we take a mental trip to the circus! Oh how I love the circus with all the excitement! The clowns and jugglers, the cotton candy and the daring young man on the flying trapeze! And of course the bravest man of all; the one who goes into the cage with the lions and tigers. We are awed by the way they respond to his direction. Why do the lions and tigers choose to follow this leader? They know he will protect them and watch over them, yet occasionally they growl and claw at the man, to test that he is still strong and will not back down if challenged.
When they do the man isn’t afraid, in fact he relishes the challenge, and without an occasional rawr, would think something wrong. He has a great respect for the lions and tigers because they are strong and courageous creatures, but yet they choose to yield to his authority.
So why do TiH’s hiss and scratch? Same reason as the lions and tigers! It is in their nature, and that very nature is what is so appealing to the HoH.
So all you tigers, keep on hissing and scratching, because we love you, and we relish the opportunity to show you that we are still the bravest man in the entire circus!