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He and I were on the swimming and track teams together. They wanted to share some news that nearly put me on the floor: Sue and Phil were married on Feb. That announcement was the most surprising news I have received in years, maybe in a lifetime. They had seen each other only once in the last 50 years, for 20 minutes or so at our class’s 50th reunion, and they’d had no contact with each other since then. Phil lived in Palm Springs; Sue lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to where she had moved five years prior to be near her children after being widowed. 1, Sue telephoned Phil to tell him that a classmate of ours she had been caregiving had passed away in January. This thrilled him as he had always had a keen eye for her, and her voice filled an emptiness he had felt for years. Phil said, “The conversations were getting serious. In May, after moving Sue’s belongings from Grand Rapids, they will make their home in Southern California.

Phil told Sue that his wife, whom he’d been caregiving for several years, had also recently passed away. We both were lonely and both wanted to share our remaining lives with someone special.” Phil continued, “On Feb. In the meantime, they are on an extended honeymoon right here in South Orange County.

“If your romantic feelings for your high school sweetheart have faded by graduation, you are in the over ninety-percentile of all teenagers on the verge of adulthood,” says Ricardo.

If you are starting to resent the fact that you are going to miss out on new college experiences or if you simply find yourself not feeling the same way towards your SO as before, the relationship may not be the best thing for you.

“It’s definitely possible, but it’s rare, because the chances of you knowing who you want to be with at 40 when you’re 17 are kind of low,” said Tracey Steinberg, a dating coach. And it’s worth the wait if it’s real.” Going the (long) distance is not easy: Challenges including overcoming communication barriers, resisting the temptation of a fun, new social life and scraping together the finances to visit each other at separate schools. But the next time you grumble about a spotty Skype connection or a pricey plane ticket, think about Barbara Gee and Gordon Baranco.

The pair got together at age 16, despite the misgivings of their parents (Barbara is Chinese-American, and Gordon is African-American), who threatened to disown them.

They chose separate schools — she went to UC Berkeley, and he went to UC Davis.

They broke up a bit, dated other people at the suggestion of their parents, but stayed in close touch.

Sure, no one really likes a breakup, but it can oftentimes be the best thing for you as you transition to a completely new part of your life. Now, ask yourself: Are those things going to be affected if you stay with your current high school SO?