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Love Letters

He’s afraid to get physical

Q.I am a 55-year-old widow and I met a 50-year-old guy online. We had an emotional relationship from the start. We talk and text constantly and he always tells me how much he loves and cares for me and how he hasn’t felt this way in a long time.

He has had his struggles with alcohol and went from being a productive, home-owning member of society to living in a halfway house. He has his own place again and is doing well, but I wonder if his past life has traumatized him — because there is no physical intimacy. Just a quick peck after two months. He likes to walk and hold my hand, but that’s about all.

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