How does one convey trust. How does one put a stranger's mind at ease that what's being laid out here is, in fact, truth, and NOT some overblown sales pitch? That's the worry.I am an open loving person. I believe strongly in chivalry, but don't think women are helpless. I appreciate and admire strong women who can allow themselves to be pampered, and who take turns at it, becuase really... who doesn't want to be pampered from time to time?I believe that this world holds too much ugliness, and that it's up to us to bring joy into it whenever we can. I am very much a "what you see is what you get" type. I have been working at home while taking care of my kids, 14 + 11, and enjoy what I do. I love my kids like nothing else on the planet, and cherish every moment spent with them. I love listening to them, sharing their dreams and fears; hopes and aspirations... and just 'being' with them. As for me personally, my last relationship lasted 16 years, but in the end, betrayed my trust and hurt me deeply. I'm nearly 100% out of the woods, can see the clearing up ahead, but I don't want to stand there in the sunshine alone. I still believe in love... and I'm looking to share my life with someone who is willing to do the same... fully... openly... and honestly. Warts and all. I'm looking for a partner to journey with me through life... to learn from it's pitfalls and mysteries. To pick each other up when we fall... to support one another in times of weakness. To wait a few beats, if one falls behind on the road... arms open... encouraging each other on.