First Loves: Why We Never Forget Them

He Was My First and Only Love
Some of us were lucky enough to get things right the first time. Once we found him (in the words of that old South Pacific song), we never let him go.

"My first love made my heart beat faster, gave me butterflies in my stomach and played the part of the bad boy," says Shae, "but he had a heart of gold underneath, which is what made me fall in love with him. In the end, he was the only one who could hold my heart. We've been together for eight years, married for six, and have an adorable little boy. My first love ended up being my forever love."

"I've only had one true love," confesses Lisa, "and I married him. We started dating senior year of high school and got married six years later. I just knew from the beginning that he was 'the one.' I don't know why, but I believe we were meant to be. I guess you could say he's my soul mate."

"The story of my first love is sort of an unusual one," says Jennifer. "Believe me, I know how outrageous that sounds." After months of email courtship, Jennifer and her cyberboyfriend met in person early last year. "Soon after he arrived, any doubts we had about this relationship working out were gone. We've stayed in love ever since and do have plans for marriage in the future."

It Made Me Older and Wiser
Sometimes first love teaches us a thing or two -- and not necessarily lessons we wanted to learn.

"He made me feel so wonderful," recalls Colleen. "The 13 months we spent together were the happiest of my life -- until he broke up with me. Little did I realize he was cheating on me behind my back." On top of everything, her boyfriend had gotten her pregnant. "I was scared out of my mind and he wasn't much help at all. I finally gave in and told my mom, which was the best choice I ever made in my life. The experience made me grow up and I am such a better person for it. By the way, he got the other girl, with whom he was cheating on me, pregnant, then married and divorced her. He is single and has a 15-year-old son. Better him than me."

 

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