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An Untraditional Marriage #2

An Untraditional Marriage

Henrietta, Bartholomew, and Beauregard shared a love that few could understand, including themselves. It was the middle of the 19th century when marriage was usually limited to a man, a woman, a job, a family, and little smiling in the dawn of the Industrial Revolution.

Shunned by their neighbors, the trio was forced to earn a living on the fringes of society. For several years they sold “bacon-on-a-stick” at flea markets throughout Europe. After that they worked as itinerant rat-catchers.

Searching for freedom led to a journey that eventually landed them in the American South. Fearful that they would be persecuted for their beliefs about love, they came up with a plan; they would take turns being each other’s slaves. Owning other people was a socially acceptable practice at the time and they were welcomed into their new community.

But they soon ached for the road. Our heroes formed a polka band and traveled throughout the United States, never staying in one place long enough for their secret love-life to be discovered.

Eventually the trio settled down and lived their remaining years in a small cabin in the Yukon. They had no children but they were loved and regularly visited by all the wild animals in the area.

They were happy.

This is a true story.