First Loves: Why We Never Forget Them

"We were passionate about everything -- loving each other, fighting with each other, even passionate when we were trying to hurt each other," recalls Mare. "I still think about him although I'm very much in love and completely happy with my husband. I saw him [my first love] several weeks ago, with his wife and baby. I looked at him and he looked at me and it was sweet for a moment. I hadn't seen him for a while; it was nice to see he's happy, too."

"We were the definition of 'not meant for each other,'" says Stacia of her college boyfriend. "My parents and friends couldn't stand him; we bickered constantly, broke up more times than I can count. But there was this thing between us. If you put us in a room together, there was just instant heat, undeniable attraction. When we finally broke up for good, I felt like someone had ripped my heart out. I still have his love letters and the tapes he made for me stashed in the back of my closet -- and it's ten years after the fact."

Heather first met her true love when she was 13, but it took another five years before her crush turned into a relationship: "We danced one dance, he took me home and we dated for two years through college. He was stationed in California and the long-distance thing didn't work out," she relates. "He's still in California, with a lovely wife, and I'm still single in North Carolina. He's definitely the one who got away ... but he will always be my first love."

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