Title: Reflections on Logic and Love Author: Jade eyes Genre: Introspection, humor, and romance. Disclaimer: Borrowing for fun. Note: Thanks to sweet Hazel for the gorgeous title. PMs available upon request. As long as I can send them ~~~~~ On Family Family mental bonds are always there ... beginning at birth and intensifying through time and in times of need or deep affectionate sharing. My sense and ties to my Mother were uncluttered by undertones and conflicts. I always sensed her delight and concern over milestones I strove for and those I surpassed. With my Father, there could and often was in later times a constraint, although his pride was something he conveyed in subtle ways: a nod of approval, an affirming glance. Our relationship improved eventually, gaining a warmth and strength and mutual respect. This outcome was one we both knew Mother would have applauded, which fact made it bittersweet. ** Contracted Ties Mother acquiesced to cultural tradition in the matter of forging a preliminary bond with T'Pring. This was something that she felt strong reservations about at first. There were similar customs in her own culture's past: arranged unions by tribe/clan for political or other gains. The bond with T'Pring was not a warm, flourishing thing. Having never experienced one, I had no way of knowing if this was the norm or not. That between my parents, of course, was private to themselves; although I could sense their serenity by its presence or absence, even in the subtle nuances of their glances. Any discord between them was fleeting and did not happen often. * The Bond of Choice When I chose the vibrant Nyota, her mind was like - a verdant scape of colors and textures. Rich with laughter and experiences, ebullient with admiration and affection, it was astounding how easily our minds became attuned - even as friends. She took to the connection and our friendship with something akin to avidity. What was equally astonishing was the lack of hesitance I experienced over initiating deeper acquaintanceship with her. Her intelligent conversation led me to offer to continue the discussion later and more informally. And when we did, we both understood it would be the first of many such occasions. Neither one of us pondered the uniqueness of such an unspoken mutual decision. What might to others have seemed like an impulsive act, in actuality was natural. +++ TBC and oh yum, yum, I am into a very large bucket. !!!!!!!!!!