John, I too had been deeply moved by the Marina Keegan’s essay https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2012/05/27/keegan-the-opposite-of-loneliness/
You can’t make that story up. Not in a million years. Marina put words to life. Such beauty and revelation of what it means to be human. To feel safe and loved and the fear of losing it.
I read your article yesterday. I didn’t realize at first it was yours. And then when I went to look for the author, it all made sense.
I connect with you because we have lived the same pain. Yet we have raised ourselves from the ashes to give to the world what it so desperately needs.
A voice to intimacy. That it can be known and experienced in this lifetime.
There’s no way to take it away now. I realize it lives in me.
It grows and blossoms in my relationships with others.