The Appeal of the Exotic Woman

"I haven't really been in serious relationships," he told her when he finally called her back. "Maybe that's for a reason. Maybe I'm not supposed to be here, but down in Brazil." With a Brazilian woman. She wasn't Brazilian, not even a little bit. What was she to do? ...more

Nina,

It's funny how being different changes from almost being a negative as a child to being ... more

The Appeal of the Exotic Woman

"I haven't really been in serious relationships," he told her when he finally called her back. "Maybe that's for a reason. Maybe I'm not supposed to be here, but down in Brazil." With a Brazilian woman. She wasn't Brazilian, not even a little bit. What was she to do? ...more

I admit I was startled he would cancel a trip to Mexico City, this place he had been aching to ... more

The Appeal of the Exotic Woman

"I haven't really been in serious relationships," he told her when he finally called her back. "Maybe that's for a reason. Maybe I'm not supposed to be here, but down in Brazil." With a Brazilian woman. She wasn't Brazilian, not even a little bit. What was she to do? ...more

Thanks. I hope I handled it with enough maturity and not *too much* judgment.

Yes, it was a ... more

The Appeal of the Exotic Woman

"I haven't really been in serious relationships," he told her when he finally called her back. "Maybe that's for a reason. Maybe I'm not supposed to be here, but down in Brazil." With a Brazilian woman. She wasn't Brazilian, not even a little bit. What was she to do? ...more

Thanks. I hope I handled it with enough maturity and not *too much* judgment.

Yes, it was a ... more

The Appeal of the Exotic Woman

"I haven't really been in serious relationships," he told her when he finally called her back. "Maybe that's for a reason. Maybe I'm not supposed to be here, but down in Brazil." With a Brazilian woman. She wasn't Brazilian, not even a little bit. What was she to do? ...more

One of my "best friends" in high school told me that the guy I had a serious crush on didn't ask ... more

Falling in Love: Is Your Fear Greater Than Your Faith?

Suddenly, I was struck with a realization. Underneath all the elaborate dialogue about erotic obstruction and over-intellectualized star-crossed motif was a simple truth: I'm afraid. I counted previous relationships, most of them with people who were unattainable, who enabled an affair with a natural end. And those that were attainable still found their end somehow, bludgeoned into the pattern I had created, the pattern that made sense to me. The pattern of great intense love with a clear, definite, explosive end. Painful, yes. But their predictability gave me a sense of control. ...more

This is so beautifully written, swimming with wisdom. I want to print this out and pin it to my ... more