Love Letter: In the coldest place on earth, you try to move beyond the burden of mischief

After being raped by two different men, Elizabeth Endicott struggles to maintain her sense of self.

At only 23, she didn’t believe she was deserving of—let alone able to find—a romantic relationship based on tenderness and respect.

She decides to move to Antarctica, the coldest, driest, windiest continent on Earth, to work as a janitor.

In this week’s Modern Love article “Kissing a Fellow Janitor Amidst the Trash,” Ms. Endicott describes how a community of serious scientists and a second life out of recycled waste gave her the courage to start over.

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