Although Judy's husband sounds terrific, for now, at least, he's in the minority. The first, most common response to a platonic relationship is still cynicism. And I have a confession to make: I loathe a raised-eyebrow reaction as much as anyone, but when I see a man and a woman together—eating dinner, at the movies, on the street—I assume that they're involved. If I'm told that they're "just friends," I don't automatically accept the claim.
Perhaps the cover illustration for this series can double as a Rorschach test—to help determine how willing you are to accept the possibility of platonic friendship. I, for one, found myself scrutinizing the man's facial expression. Ostensibly, he and the woman on the couch are just friends, but doesn't he look a little suspicious? What's he hiding under that blank stare? I wonder whether he's after something more.
Read Jeff's account of his platonic friendship with Juliet.