Joyful Peek

Sep 1, 2023 | 2023 Fall - Bi+ Joy

By Lara Zielinsky

My most joyful experiences occur as moments of self-revelation. I experienced joy recently when I felt self-confirmed as a bisexual and polyamorous woman.

My spouse, J, and I decided to take a vacation. We love vacationing in out-of-the-way places close to the water. Our destination was a small town on the Gulf of Mexico about six hours from home. The only goal is to be a world away from our daily grind.

I also have a girlfriend, G. She travels a lot and lives only part-time near me. We had talked several times about taking a trip together. I asked her to join us. She couldn’t go for the whole trip, but could drive out and join us for several days. Joy!

We walked around town, saw some tourist sights, ate seafood, waded in the Gulf, climbed a lighthouse, held hands, kissed, and talked. And talked some more. We cooked in our Airbnb’s kitchen, sharing nibbles and wine. Then we snuggled on the couch and watched movies before snuggling up in sleep. Happy sigh, joy!

It was far too short. For three days, it was a wonderful peek at what living together would feel like. It wasn’t enough for me to silently feel this way, though, so on our last day, I expressed my joy and love. It was more of a gush, really. Rather embarrassing for a woman who makes her living with words, I definitely babbled. But both G and J reflected all my feelings back to me.

Overwhelming Joy! (Yes, I teared up. LOL)

Lara Zielinsky is a bisexual, cisfem, married, and polyamorous author and editor living in Florida.


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