I guess it turns out that I can’t give vanilla relationship advice. I see everyone as kinky/poly because it’s how I am. I am prejudiced.
My cousin was here and she was talking wistfully about how she loves falling in love, and about how she’s never been in a relationship as long as her current one. She sounded bored.
Naturally, my first thought was “Oh, you could open up the relationship!”
I even gave her my copy of Opening Up, and told her about how my poly relationship with my husband works. I didn’t even think about it. It seemed like the right thing to do.
It wasn’t until after she left that I realized I made a mistake.
Telling a normal vanilla person with a relatively sheltered life to open their relationship is bad advice. I shouldn’t have done it.
So I guess this is just an admission of my own mistake, and a warning to the rest of us to try not to give vanilla people kin advice.