John, I relate on a personal level to so much of your essay. This sentence perfectly describes how I felt as I began dating in college.

Your prose is magic here--your descriptions bring me into the moments--crying under the cherry tree, hands tied to restrict self-exploration, stroking hair in the theater, "smooth skin that felt like velvet."

Thank you for sharing your words, experience, and wisdom with Age of Empathy.

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