What might have been if that onetime relationship hadn't ended, or what might transpire if you reconnected once again?
Maybe you've already reconnected with a college boyfriend on Facebook, or Googled that girl from high school on whom you had a maddening crush. But for some, reconnecting with a former flame can be a familiar and comfortable way to find lasting love.
Nonetheless, she met another man, married and had a daughter.
Frank, true to form, stayed single — and, through mutual friends, kept tabs on Gayle, "the best girlfriend I ever had." When he heard she had divorced in 2011, he invited her to lunch, he says, and "came loaded for bear, in a limo, with flowers." He traces his eagerness to a 2003 health trauma that landed him in a coma for three days: "Once you almost die, you realize what's really important.
Over 47 years, each married and divorced multiple times. And once, when both were single, they even talked about getting back together.
"I was an idiot [for not rekindling the romance at that time]," Prentiss says.
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"She stopped by in a green coat and a beret, and I remember thinking, This woman is special." They hit it off that night in 1978, with Gayle appreciating his 6-foot-4-inch height: "At 5-foot-10, I'd always found it difficult to find a boyfriend who was taller than I am." Their romance flourished, but after seven years, as Gayle hit her mid-30s, she began to worry that her biological clock was winding down. "When he wasn't ready [for a commitment], I lost faith in the relationship and finally ended it." It was a painful breakup for them both.The couple connected on a deeper level, too — all four of their parents are Holocaust survivors. "There was definitely an attraction," Debby recalls, "but Jeff was emotionally intense.Whatever didn't work then totally works now." It didn't take him long to see that."They got that we couldn't find unconditional love with anyone else," Prentiss says."We lament every day that we missed being together. " Now retired and in their 70s, they've made their home in Yountville in the Napa Valley.