Never was I better reminded not to judge a book by its cover than when I met Jenny Block in St. Croix. My first impressions of her were conservative, conservative, and ooh how conservative! Married, one child, a regular collaborator to the Dallas Morning News, low heels and skirt under the knee, Jenny exemplified in my mind the typical middle class conservative working mom from Texas.
During a visit to Sonya, a well-known jewelry store on the Island, Jenny got surrounded by a flock of charming gay men vying to advise her on her bracelet purchase.
“Is the bracelet for you?”
“One is for me, the other for my girlfriend.” She replied.
“Yes, my girlfriend-girlfriend.”
Sensing a monumental misunderstanding, I volunteered:
“No, no, not a girlfriend-girlfriend! Just a girlfriend. She is married.”
And Jenny turned to me and very calmly pointed out:
“Yes I’m married. I have a husband… AND a girlfriend.”
Jenny Block’s new book on polyamory, “Open: Love, Sex and Life in an Open Marriage” hits the bookstores in June. She has also just landed a Blog spot on Huffington Post. As for me, I’m humbled and after meeting this force of nature, feeling pretty conservative these days… What can I say? A husband AND a girlfriend? That seems like an awful lot of work!