LOVE BOMBING
TRUE LOVE Magazine East Africa|March 2020
Flattering comments, love notes on the mirror, flowers delivered at work are romantic but it should never feel like manipulation.
STEPHANIE ODHIAMBO

You are young, just in your twenties and everyone around you is in a relationship. You feel left out and slightly panicked. Then you meet him and he is everything you have been praying for. He is tall, dark, handsome and carries a good head on his shoulders too.

‘Good morning beautiful’ is the first thing you see each morning, a bunch of roses delivered to your office over the lunch break, he knows that blueberry swirl ice cream makes period pain bearable, brings you chocolate almost every day; in short, he is everything you have ever dreamt of. He seemingly adores everything about you and constantly showers you with compliments.

Two weeks into dating, he tells you he loves you. You are invited for a baecation to Diani, business class tickets with a promise to have the time of your life in the Maldives. A month in and he is hinting at an introduction to his parents. Everything seems to be in fast forward mode and you can almost see giant red flags, however, you tell yourself that it is totally normal and you are just overthinking. Your friends telling you you’re the luckiest girl in the world convinces you that everything is simply perfect.

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