First Loves: Why We Never Forget Them

My first love? Mmmmm, that always puts tears in my eyes.

There isn't a day when I don't think about him and worry whether or not he's doing okay for himself in the world.

Do I remember my first love? You bet I do, like it was yesterday -- and it's been 23 years.

Do you remember your first love? Almost a silly question! Of course we do, intensely, passionately, maybe just a little sadly. Whether he's still by your side or just a memory that causes a sweet ache in your heart when you think about him, iVillagers' first loves are treasured parts of their lives. Here's what you had to say about the guys who first made your world spin.

He Still Lights My Fire
After so many years, just thinking about our first loves seems to send our hearts a-flutter. What is it about our first loves that grips our imaginations, even five, ten, twenty years past the fact? Whatever the cause and whoever it was, the one we first loved seems to be a permanent part of our consciousness. We can't forget him -- and who would want to?

"Oh yes, I remember my first love -- like it was only yesterday," Zelma says. "It has been so many years, but I still remember what he looked like and how much I loved him. There was an age difference of about eight years -- I was 16 and he was 24 -- and he was afraid my parents would never go for it. To this day, when I feel a little melancholy, I find myself remembering his touch and his kiss. That's pretty amazing since I am soon going to be 42."

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