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My smile and excitement turned to disgust and horror when I saw his face. He reached out to hug me but I smacked the palms of his hand away from me. This had to be a trick. It couldn’t be real? Without thinking, I quickly turned around and ran.

Spring Fling Swing Dance

3-6 p.m. April 3

Alma Mater Restaurant, 7165 Germantown Ave.

Musical artist Aaron Paul performs at this swing-dance-themed fundraising event for Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying; ow.ly/ZmwoD.

If you had told me at the end of middle school the person I would become now, a mere four years later, I wouldn’t have believed you. And I don’t mean that in any kind of massive egotism, but merely in how big of a personality shift I have gone through. I was once a shy T-shirt-wearing introvert and now I consider myself to be a sociable, three-piece-suit-wearing extrovert. I am quite proud of the change I have gone through and, in no small measure, I think that coming to terms with my identity of being gay helped with that transition.

 Obsession is as mysterious as a game of double-dutch to a kid who has never succeeded in playing before. It appears enticing, like some energizing ritual every single time the kid approaches. Often the most uncoordinated, but willing to prove themselves, they don’t understand the fundamentals of playground hierarchy and lose sight of the fun in the game when handed the ropes as a duty to turn them, since they are beginners and must first prove they can do this correctly.

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