It's overwhelming when a person is really, genuinely understanding of and kind to me, and they actually express this to me. This is especially so if they're in a position where I expect them not to be this way - when I expect them to be at least partially contemptuous, and likely oppressive, because I'm so accustomed to that.
Regardless, one needs a land mine safety suit, but which can still be pulled off when it’s really safe to do so. Knowing when to pull it off and not get too stuffy under it can be tricky, and that balance is one I’m still trying to achieve. When I find it, I’d like to write about that, too.