Welcome to My Para-Kin. What’s this all about, you might ask? It’s about holes in the English language. Let me explain.
It was quite by accident that we stumbled into this word dilemma. A few years back, my partner and I went to the ER at a local hospital. On the intake form, he was given three choices as to who had accompanied him. His choices were “acquaintance,” “friend” or “spouse.” None of those applied and as a typical man, he checked “friend.” Months later, this sweetheart and life partner resolved some household catastrophe and I turned to him and said, “Honey… you are as wonderful as any Para-Hubby could be!