What is the difference between liking and loving someone?
Q:When does “like” become “love,” and how do you know when the love thing happens? I’ve been with someone for six months. We connect really well. I have fun with him. I can share things with him, even bad things, and I know he will listen. We both have lousy families, so we have that in common. His mom is in rehab for the third time. My dad just got out. Growing up in families where a parent is addicted isn’t easy, but that’s not what drew us to one another. We bonded over music at first. Neither of us has said the “I love you” thing, but we’ve talked about it. We both want to really mean it when we say it to someone for the first time. So … my original question. I know we like each other. How do we know when we love each other? We’ve both heard adults in our lives say “I love you” to people and then abandon or hurt them. He knows I’m writing you. We loved your sex ed classes. Can you help?
Mary Jo’s response: Your courage humbles me. Growing up with addiction is certainly not easy. You’re a survivor, and so is your partner.