First Loves: Why We Never Forget Them

When We Meet Him Again
Like Bogie and Bergman in Casablanca or Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass, every once in a while we're reunited with our first loves, if only briefly. These meetings can be bittersweet (and maybe a little off-putting to our current partners), but who hasn't wondered what it would be like to see him again?

Virginia had pledged to marry her first love, but, what with one thing and another, ended up with another man. Twenty years after last seeing Jeff, he arrived at her mother's funeral. But even after so many years, the fire burned as brightly as it did when they were teens: "We talked about how we had loved each other so much. He told me how heartbroken he was when I went off and got married.... I often think about him and the purity of our live. We had never gone any further than kissing, but the closeness I felt to him was more than I feel today for my husband of 26 years."

Debbie was also recently reunited with her first love: "After 29 years," she tells us, "I just spent the night with my first love. We were just 14 when we first met at the swimming pool. Oh, it was true love, if there is such a thing at that age. Now, after all these years, we have found love again. This time, it's a different kind of love; we have had our past and now our present, and are looking forward to our future together."

Shopperlover's reunion with her first love happened online. "I get online in February, and here I am totally new to the PC. I was doing some exploring and who pops in with an Instant Message. Yes, him. My heart started to pound -- and, of course, my son had just walked into the room and my husband was passing by when I said, 'Oh, my God! It can't be!' So I had to explain who it was.... We have talked back and forth ever since. My heart flutters every time I get an email from him -- it makes me feel almost guilty, but I do love to hear from him."

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