Well, I just came out with it last night, went through my concerns, my concept of her boy's concerns, and where our future lies- just fully went through the gamut of what worries and bothers me, and made what I want and need very clear.
She responded really well and seemed happy to have some clarity with me after having a tough time drawing out the hard stuff from me in the past. We got through a lot of fairly contentious, confusing stuff and we're on a good path now.
That path seems to be verging toward a real live long-term relationship, in whatever form that takes. We were able to express our love for one another one another in a tangible way for the first time (without this stuff in the way) and that was pretty darn gratifying.
Here's to new adventures, and no secrets. Thanks everyone.
Last edited by monaural; 09-21-2010 at 07:48 PM.