I walked through the black iron gates onto the 9th Avenue seminary grounds. The buildings shielding the gardens stretched from 9th to 10th Avenues. The stillness comforted me long enough to feel safe in the darkness. Timidly I walked towards the only light shining through an open door at the top of a staircase. A partially lit man stood at the bottom of the stairs.
"Is this your first time?" he asked.
I raised my head, slowed my pace, and whispered, "Yes."
"May I give you a hug?", he replied....