Anyways, he just won't show me a lot of affection, he won't hold my hand in public. As I said, he's very stiff. When we were parting ways after we made our relationship official. I told him that it's very important in a relationship to communicate when someone needs time do something alone. Like, he is studying for a really important license for work, and I told him that it's okay if he has to do that and not see me. He commented back by saying he's going to have to try and not be clingy right now, so he's not exactly concerned about needing space. I didn't quite catch on at first, but the following day I told him that he doesn't need to worry about that, because I like him and I want to spend time with him. He kind of acted like he never said it and sort of brushed me off. That didn't feel super great for me because I was trying to be open with him.
So my question is, how can I show him that I am here for the long haul? Maybe it's too soon to expect him to open up so much that he can get hurt, so should I just remain consistent? Be there and care for him? What are the thoughts?