“How was your day?”
“Text me when you get home so I know you’re safe”
“How are you?”
“I hope you’re feeling better”
“Have a good day today!”
“I miss you”
“Can you come over?”
“Can I come over?”
“Can I see you?”
“Can I call you?”
“Want something to drink?”
“Watch your step”
“Let’s watch a movie”
“What are you up to?”
“How is your day so far?”
“It will be okay”
“I’m here for you”
“Do you need anything?”
“Are you hungry?”
“I just wanted to hear your voice”
“You just made my day”
You don’t have to hear “I Love You” to know that someone does. Listen carefully. People speak from the heart more often than you think.
Crammed into 18-wheelers, pigs struggle to get air and are usually given no food or water for the entire journey (often hundreds of miles). They suffer from temperature extremes and are forced to inhale ammonia fumes and diesel exhaust. A former pig transporter said that pigs are “packed in so tight, their guts actually pop out their butts—a little softball of guts actually comes out.”
According to a 2006 industry report, more than 1 million pigs die each year from the horrors of transport alone. Another industry report notes that, in some transport loads, as many as 10 percent of pigs are “downers,” animals who are so ill or injured that they are unable to stand and walk on their own. These sick and injured pigs will be kicked, struck with electric prods, and finally dragged off the trucks to their deaths.
In winter, some pigs die frozen to the sides of the trucks. In summer, some die from heat exhaustion. Some fall and suffocate when additional animals are forced to pile in on top of them. All are in a panic—screaming and desperately trying to get away—and some die of heart attacks.
One worker reports, “In the wintertime there are always hogs stuck to the sides and floors of the trucks. [Slaughterhouse workers] go in there with wires or knives and just cut or pry the hogs loose. The skin pulls right off. These hogs were alive when we did this.”
"The state or practice of having more than one open romantic relationship at a time"
This is the LITERAL DEFINITION of polyamory.
It is not a word used for “I want to fuck everything I see”
It is not a word used for “You’ll fuck me because you’re…
10 Realistic Rules for Good Non-Monogamous Relationships by Andrea Zanin
(Please note I said good poly. Anyone can do poly badly, but I don’t advise it.)
1. Know yourself.
2. Love yourself.
3. Be happy ALONE.
4. Communicate. Honestly.
5. Know what you want.
6. Go for content, not form.
7. Be nice.
8. Have safer sex.
9. Be strong.
10. Go with the flow.
There’s a great essay accompanying these 10 rules that explains each one - click through for the whole thing!
I really like this list - simplistic but essentially what you need to be in and maintain a healthy poly relationship.
I think the skills that make poly relationships work are what’s needed for any relationship. It’s just that being in a relationship with multiple people at the same time raises the bar for performance of these. I know that because I’ve also seen poly relationships fail when one or more of the partners doesn’t have a handle on these issues.