Thank you, Hasty, for giving me the chance to get real about love.
Please welcome Kerry Kijewski as she gets real about love.
Sometimes I think love, pain, shame, and embarrassment are so entwined, I can’t untangle them from one another. The strands of emotion and feeling are separable, if I really look at my past, in reflection, but in the moment I seem to make every one of the mistakes there are to be made.
Why did I think I was not deserving of love? I had two loving and devoted parents and a safe and happy childhood. The teen years weren’t typical ones. I didn’t know what dating really felt like until I was launched into the oddest of odd teen relationships.
I call it that because the romance wasn’t like I saw in the teen romance movies I loved to watch.
Was it me? Was there something wrong? Was I not kissable?
Where were the ones to step in and…
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