Recently I read Tayari Jones’ beautiful novel Silver Sparrow. In it, Jones weaves a story of two half sisters—one legitimate, the other deemed illegitimate—and their complicated relationship. Their father, a hardworking businessman, married both of their mothers and loves each child—and presumably their mothers—equally. Even though he can’t really be seen in public with his second family, or else risk being found out, he creates a bond and a strong sense of commitment to each of his households.
Reading the book—and watching people fall in love with someone other than their mate—got to me thinking.
Can people really love two people at once?
While I understand love is limitless and you can easily love more than one child, parent, relative, or friend at a time, can you really, truly be in love with two people concurrently?