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January 7, 2016

6 Heartwarming Stories About Long Lost Loves Finally Reuniting

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1. like being struck by lightning

“Reuniting with my lost love was like being struck by lightning. He and I had been in a serious relationship back in high school 30 years ago. My mother did not approve of our relationship and unfortunately sent me out of the area to keep me away from him….Then this past October I received an email….We emailed back and forth for a few weeks and then I spoke with him on the phone and that’s when the dam broke! All the emotions came pouring down on me just hearing his voice. In a very short time it became clear that we had very strong feelings for one another….Right now we are going to be seeing each other monthly, and I will be selling my property at the end of the school year to move up to his area. I love him with all my heart and soul and don’t care what faults he has. I would do anything for him. It’s hard for people that haven’t experienced this to understand it. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this to happen. It is a roller coaster of very intense feelings that don’t always make sense to me! And it’s so hard to be apart from him now! When my mother broke us up, she returned his class ring that he had given me to his mother. For Christmas, he found the class ring, and wrapped it up for me, I was very touched. I wear it around my neck on a gold chain now to remind me of him. I look to our future with much hope and optimism.”

2. I am so happy

“In 1998 I met the love of my life in Sudan. A wonderful Sudanese musician who brought out the best in me every day. His presence in my life was like the sun shining in. When he performed, he sang for me only. I was working in Sudan at the time, we were going to get married and have beautiful children and live happily ever after. There was a war going on, I was working with war-affected children and the government kicked me out. I was devastated and cried for 6 months. Heartbroken for years. We did not manage to meet up again and we both married unhappily. Last week, after 14 years, we were reunited for 2 days and the love is as strong as ever. I feel so blessed. Too old to have those children now, but this is going to be the best year ever as we are free to travel and see each other. My dream of gracefully growing old with him is coming true after all….I am so happy.”

3. The feelings and emotions came flooding back with a vengeance

“Met my lost love almost 30 years ago in high school….In a nutshell we shared chemistry and a sexual tension that was palpable to those around us. We occasionally kissed (sometimes passionately), but never crossed the line from friends to lovers. After three years of being friends, hanging out and helping each other (here and there) our friendship blossomed into something more. We finally shared a kiss that was undeniable. Sadly, parental disapproval was the cause for me leaving my love. We drifted apart and our contact to each other became less and less. However, I never forgot her although after 20 years I ‘thought’ the past was the past. We recently reconnected and decided to meet one afternoon and get caught up on the intervening years, nothing more. What happened next was so unexpected. The feelings and emotions came flooding back with a vengeance. It was as if our relationship had been placed on hold. We rekindled our relationship inside of one week. Our second-chance relationship has been the most emotionally charged relationship of my life. The fears, emotions, grief, regrets, everything—everything came back like a flood. Over the next few months we talked about everything imaginable. We married in just over 6 months. My soulmate, my love, and now—my wife….Our rekindled relationship has been the most incredible journey, that started almost three decades ago and lasted through all those lonely years.”

4. I had to fight back tears

“As a teenager, I had the kind of love that everyone dreams of finding. My most cherished memory is an incredible feeling of oneness when we would hold each other and shed tears of joy while being overwhelmed by love. At such times, there was no need for words because we just knew. She had more of an influence on my life than anyone else that I have known….After drawing me away from bad influences when we got together, she started hanging out with the wrong crowd four years later. Being young, ambitious, and foolish, I broke up with her in order to save myself from being drawn back in the wrong direction. I always had second thoughts about that decision and never stopped loving her. I was haunted by the memory of her last words when we broke up, which were ‘I love you.’…I finally decided that I had to contact her about 30 years after we broke up, 25 years since I last saw her, and 20 years since her last letter….I was thrilled that she was happy to hear from me and that she had been trying to find me….During the long drive to our hometown, I had to fight back tears every time I thought what it would be like to look into her eyes for the first time in decades…I immediately felt comfortable with her, and we picked up right where left off many years ago. She kept her hair long, and it felt so good to run a brush through it again. Behaving like teenagers, we spent the first evening going parking and listening to our favorite songs….We never got to spend the night together as teenagers. When it finally happened, I lay there beside her awake all night thinking how lucky I was to have her back.”

5. even a continent couldn’t separate us

“Three-year-old Anne moved with her family to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, just four houses down from my family; I was five, and we two became immediate friends. I was Anne’s protector and hero….I hadn’t spoken to Anne in more than 30 years, but I knew her sister lived in Denver so I gave her a call when I arrived. She told me that Anne also lived in town, and she suggested that we all get together. As soon as Anne and I saw each other, our hearts were singing. All of the excitement and joy they we had experienced together as children transformed itself into a mature form; we were in love. We saw each other once more before I returned to Pennsylvania and Anne left for Europe to spend the Christmas holiday season with her children. But now even a continent couldn’t separate us. Today we are living our lives together, again with joy, enthusiasm, and excitement!…And of course now we have our children, too. What a miracle!”

6. now we’ve lost all of our teenage inhibitions

“Eric and I met in 1950 and from the moment we began dating I knew we were made for each other. We had so much fun—Eric was always making me laugh…I never forgot about Eric. Every time I heard our song, ‘Jealous Heart’, by Connie Francis, I recalled the first time Eric kissed me….[Then one day] I was serving at the bar when a voice I’d not heard for nearly 40 years asked me if there was any chance of a pint. I looked up and there was Eric, the hair was greyer and the face a little more wrinkled but other than that he was just as handsome as ever….Our relationship is just as passionate and physical as before, although now we’ve lost all of our teenage inhibitions.” TC mark