Such a fun sounding word, fling is. How light-weight and temporary. Poppycock, and I use the pun advisedly. This Romance Righter is
appalled by the casual fling.
Why the outrage? What’s the problem with a fling? Monogamy can get pretty damn boring. Maybe bringing some
new tricks home can perk up life there, too. Maybe a fling, with the elements of danger, intrigue, and novelty will
re-activate a tepid sex life.
Yeah, right. Look to thyself if you find yourself spouting
bilge like that. Bored? Maybe your partner is, too? And just how do them apples
sit in your tummy? What would your reaction be to discovering your partner had
a harmless little fling? (I’ve got a tickler file on
this one for later novel writing.)
Oh, you’re bored? You think you’re the only one bored?
Don’t bet the farm on it. Boredom typically cuts both ways.
What is at risk is the trust of your partner. What is also
at risk is whether or not another
partner will trust you after knowing of your betrayal of someone else’s trust. Oh,
and did I mention the likelihood (not
possibility, but likelihood) of getting and passing along a STD?
Is a fling worth eroding
trust, the bedrock, fundamental component of a relationship?
Don’t kid yourself. A fling is not harmless or without victims. The effects of a
revealed fling can resonate way longer than the
initial betrayal. You might just be flinging away a relationship for a temporary thrill. Rather, fling yourself back into the original relationship with renewed
vigor and enthusiasm. Or do everyone a favor, and walk away before you hurt
people even more.