The Hearts of Men

Such a lovely post by Kelly Jensen!

Kelly Jensen

I’ll never forget the first time I broke a guy’s heart. Yeah, I said first time. Unfortunately, I’ve done it twice. It’s not something I’m proud of, and I hope it never happens again. I don’t think it will!

(I can hear my husband sighing with relief in the other room.)

The first time genuinely surprised me. His reaction was so intense and sorrowful. If I’m honest with myself, I had expected him to be upset, but I hadn’t quite connected the dots between his impending sadness and me. He’d be sad he didn’t have a girlfriend anymore, sure, but would he be sad about losing me in particular? Apparently so. I’d hurt more than his pride. I’d broken his heart. It was awful.

Why did I find that so surprising? At the tender age of twenty-one, I had naively assumed that men and women were vastly different beings. I…

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