Remember your high school flame?

FOF longtime friend (I’ll call her Anita) recently heard from her high school boyfriend through Facebook.  She hadn’t seen him in 40 years. When they were together, as teens, Anita became pregnant and had an abortion.

This is not Anita and her high school beau

They met recently and reminisced into the wee hours of the morning. Anita learned her old high school flame was divorced and lived for many years in California with a male partner, who died recently. “He remembered things about my mother and father that I didn’t recall,” Anita told me. “He could even imitate my father. When I told him there was one thing I especially remembered about our time together, he told me what it was before the words left my mouth. It was eerie.”

Like it or not, the influence of Facebook is unequivocal.

PS Anita is married, has a successful career and is the mother of a fantastic and accomplished daughter.

2 Responses to “Remember your high school flame?”

  1. Vera B says:

    Although not a FB story…

    5 years ago I returned to my home town for my SIL’s mother’s funeral. Through a chance encounter with his brother at the viewing, I reconnected with my first boyfriend in high school. We were in the same grade and went steady when we were 15. Never had a real date together. He didn’t have a car and my brother wouldn’t have let me go on a date anyway. Not until I was 16!

    We went out to dinner on June 23, 2006. We were married on July 11, 2006. It was a God thing, for sure.

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  2. Hope says:

    Although clearly not the case here, a psychologist friend tells me she has several couples clients with marriage problems in middle age that were precipitated by people reconnecting with old flames on FB. I wonder how widespread it is…or is it just the latest urban legend.

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