Blue_angel, it's not that no one cares. You have to give it time, here. Perhaps no one knows what to say.
It's possible to feel intense attachment. It's also possible not to. Love is not a stable thing, and it cannot be defined.
You're in the US. You're 18. You didn't mention this at all, but you can move out of the house, and thus temporarily solve the issue about dating. If you are in your parent's house, you must abide by their rules. If not, well--you can make your own rules in reason.
Treat with respect the power you have to form an opinion--Marcus Aurelius