#80 StillI met him when I was 11 years old. Fell instantly in love with him. And it was mutual. We were inseparable for two years. Then High school happened and I was still in elementary school so we didn't get to see so much of each other but we still loved. We decided that, no matter what, when we were 18, we would start dating for real and then get married at 21. We had it all planned out. Then his family moved to another city and I didn't see him for a couple of years. Six days after my 18th birthday, I married someone else. (Alright I was stupid) Three weeks after I got married, he called. Wanted to put our plan into action. I thought he had forgotten about our childhood promise. But I was pregnant and married and he said he understood, but asked if he could call and see me and keep our friendship. He did. We did. By the time my marriage ended in disaster, he was married to someone else. By the time his marriage ended in disaster, I was in another commited relationship. By the time that ended, he was remarried.
Well, he is still married to that one. And I am really happy for him. She is perfect for him. They have a strong marriage. I visit them occasionally. He is still my best friend. And I am still passionately in love with him. He and his wife are both aware that for me his is "the one that got away". Fifty-five years of loving him. I don't think I am going to get over him. Nor do I want to. I love him. It is that simple.
BTW, in case anyone cares. He is not a cheat, and neither am I, so their marriage is solid. The love is still there, though. It has just mellowed into a deep and lasting friendship. But we never touch each other when there are no other people around. Even now, we can feel the passion flare when we do touch, so we avoid the temptation. Yup, we are 67 years old and still feel that old spark.