Every day we feature the beloved “Strawberry Letter” franchise that is so popular on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” heard nationwide. Send in your letters and Shirley Strawberry will dish out the necessary advice. Today’s topic: In love with my friend Hi Steve and Shirley, I recently had a revelation that I am in love with my friend. I have been friends with him for going on seven years now. We started having casual sex with each other in 2008 but at the end of the day we were still just good friends who happened to like having sex with each other. I got into a relationship in the fall of ’08. I broke up with the guy this year and my friend and I have reconnected. It’s the same as always. It’s like almost two years didn’t pass between us at all. But just recently I had a night where I just couldn’t sleep and he came to my mind and in those moments I realized that I was in love with him. The problem here is that I like us just as we are — friends that like to have sex with each other. I don’t want a relationship or the complications that go along with one so I have decided to keep this epiphany to myself. My question is it possible to be in love with someone but not want a commitment from them? What kind of person does this make me? I know sometimes I have a guy’s mentality as far as relationships go, but this takes the cake. –In love with my friend  
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