He was shocked first by the fact that this first relationship has not taken place until I was 18. Then by the fact that a side character in the tale had been unready to leave home at 21. Then he was further amazed by the idea of a shy and reserved me, such as I was through my childhood and teen years.
I was bemused by this reaction, earlier that day I had run into a man I knew from my childhood and been a bit surprised that he had recognized me so swiftly. My lover's reaction to my tale made me reflect that though I may look exactly like the girl I was, the person who I am has gone through quite an evolution since those times.