BONDING: THE "OTHER" TO ANOTHER
I refer to this partnership not to just so-called blood relationships, mothers, brothers, varied members of a family. nor quote-unquote lovers, a word that implies semantic but not necessarily romantic meaning, simply a term that sounds profound.
"Others" are two who meet and find a common ground, a mutuality of views, who choose a similar path of life. Bonding of two can and should be any combination of the above. Caring and sharing can be a part of it, but at the heart of it, it's much more. Bonding is at the core of what we are or hope to be. It is the true reality.
Whether it is male and female or two of the same gender, even if it is friend or foe, someone you grow to know, or will not know until it is so, the term "other" still applies and defies another who has not yet found an "other."
I held this classification for last but it is not the least. I refer generically to "man" and "beast." Can humans bond with a pet? You bet they can and usually do. The closeness and the preciousness between the two is known by more than just a few.
To bond is not beyond the scope of any. Can many in search of meaning choose a pet and get a like response? It happens just because the one who gives and the one who takes make a perfect pair. They care, they share, they are there for each "other." And that, no doubt, is what it's all about.