The question was one that I had asked myself many times. However, like most people, I could effectively ignore myself. I believe that denial is too often underrated.
Denial was not an option since the tripwire had been activated. I swallowed hard and replied with an insincere and stale, “Of course.” The double barreled question pointed at me was, “Don’t you love the people; don’t you just want to hug and kiss them?”