It was in 2011 when Michael Taylor and his wife Lauren, both 30, started dating after meeting at college. After having a monogamous relationship for 7 years, they realized they had overflowing love to give when they met Jessica Woodstock.
Jessica has already been polyamorous for some time and when she approached the couple, she became a significant part of their lives.
“Jess has been polyamorous most of her adult life. Lauren and I were monogamous for seven years but were in search for an enhancement to the relationship. We each had more love to give than just to each other,” Michael said.
“There are several points in the relationship that led to ‘falling in love’. You experience all the amazing things with each other, and then one day it just hits you. It’s not so much the events, as it is the consistency and intensity.
“Our delta is a 33 percent shared love between the three of us. We all have equal responsibilities to care for ourselves and each other. Although our triad is predominantly the three of us, there are three additional relationships that need recognition: Michael and Lauren, Michael and Jess, Lauren and Jess.”
He added: “Three equal parts with equal responsibilities. We have a running joke for when we leave the house – if one of us forgets something, it’s almost guaranteed that one of the others will remember to grab it.
“Each of us shines separately as individuals and come together for the same purpose. We push each other to better ourselves and to pursue our passion. We celebrate every win in our house.”
He said that at first it was hard to share the news with their families and friends. “Jess’s family had known and supported her lifestyle for quite some time prior to us.
“We were extremely careful and patient in explaining it to Lauren’s family because of the adversity – coming out as bisexual and welcoming another woman into the marriage.”
But their families ‘warmed up very quickly’ and all three families even celebrate holidays and gatherings together.
Lauren, Michael and Jessica are planning to get married one day as the union between three people is not legal in the country. They want to travel to Indonesia or Thailand to tie the knot.
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