Can A Doll Really Be Your Soul Mate?

Getting to the heart of why I continue to be riveted by TLC’s “My Strange Addiction” (I know I said I would take a break after the dirty diaper sucker, but I just can’t!), it makes me ask questions I otherwise would never think to wonder about.

And I do have many questions after seeing the latest episode featuring 48-year-old Cat, a woman who is in a relationship with a plastic doll named Volo.

“He’s my best friend, he’s my soul mate. Some people meditate, some people take Xanax, I have Volo,” explains Cat. A very bold assertion indeed.

And as is customary with the people on this show who don’t seem to have the same difficulty the rest of the world does finding their fair share of committed life partners, Cat is also in a relationship with a human man named Dan. Despite Cat’s efforts to get Dan to bond with Volo, Dan is still not feeling the whole arrangement. Understandable. I suspect it might have something to do with the fact that Volo was given to Cat by an ex-boyfriend, but that’s just a hunch.

Anyhoo, my most pressing question is as follows: Can a doll and a human be soul mates? I’m wondering because as a child I had a very close relationship with my stuffed dog Ralph. But I wouldn’t necessarily call us soul mates. I mean, we never kissed on the lips and I certainly NEVER cleaned out his ears with a Q-tip. We weren’t intimate in that way. Also, if Cat and Volo are soul mates, where does that leave Dan?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this matter. [ONTD]