Meet Mr. and Mrs. and Mrs. Jones

Some Houstonians say monogamy doesn't work for them. They don't cheat. They don't swing. They do have more than one spouse at a time. And the whole family knows about it.

"We genuinely want love and Christmases and savings accounts and the house and everything," says Frank. At night they hug a pillow between them, he says, wishing it was someone.

"We could be happy by ourselves, but to be completely fulfilled we want a third person," Emily says. Her voice is sad. She isn't lying. Something is missing. Then she says in a way that is almost a question: "Everyone deserves to be happy."

So for now Frank and Emily will spend quiet nights together being only halfway happy. They will cuddle in bed, clutching a pillow, imagining the space between them being filled by someone heaven-sent and perfect and beautiful and smart. Someone who finally will be enough. It would be easier, probably, if they could just go out into the world and ask for it. A thumbnail-sized blurb buried in the back of weekly newspapers seems like no way to find a lifelong partner. But they are praying it will work. They can't go about it any other way.

"White professional couple seeking nonsmoking DDF [disease and drug free], open, honest, sharing bi-curious or bi-female," the text of the ad reads, right under the bold headline "Couple Seeks Woman." The 35-word ad closes with a promise. A promise Frank and Emily and a lot of other polyamorists wish more people could believe was really true: "You can be with him, her and/or them both. The best of both worlds and more. Serious calls only please."

Now there's nothing left to do but listen for the phone to ring.

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