I love it already!!!
Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote in the preface of The Marble Faun that “Romance and poetry, ivy, lichens, and wallflowers, need ruin to make them grow.” Standing near the courtyard of my aunts’ back garden in the heart of historic Savannah, Georgia, I realized if I wanted my life to be different, I would need for its current state to fall to ruin. That if I wanted a life outside my books, a life that also included a man like the one currently shirtless, doing pushups in my aunts’ back garden, I, too, would have to break down the walls I’d surrounded myself with, so I could grow from the rubble of my past.
Just like those wallflowers.
However, the question remained, as much as I wanted a different life, could I truly let someone in? Let someone scale the walls I’d built?
The flower-covered courtyard was my…
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