"We have a great love story," the love of my life said, as he enthusiastically met all of my girlfriends for the first time at my birthday luncheon a few months ago. The love of my life returned to me for Act Three and another chance at love. They're quite popular, but I didn't see this one coming. Nancy Kalish from California State University in Sacramento, she surveyed 1,001 participants aged 18-89 who reunited with an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend after five or more years apart. Kalish's survey found that 72 percent of couples stayed together, with two-thirds resulting in marriage or engagement.Her survey results were published in Lost & Found Lovers: Facts and Fantasies of Rekindled Romances.
At the time I met Norville in Las Vegas, I was divorced and busy coaching singles, instead of spending time on my own love life.It felt like we could pick up where we left off, but how does one do that without getting hurt? We both had similar life lessons, but we never stopped loving each other. Both of us knew there would always be a connection, but weren't sure if we should rekindle our romance. We both wondered if we'd have a fateful ending, or was the familiarity and deep love that we once had enough to start all over again.Neither of us had the answer on our first meeting, but we were open to the possibilities.After his marriage ended and without my knowledge, he had ordered a copy of my online dating book, The Perils of Cyber-Dating, thinking he could use some help in the dating advice department. Little did he know, the book was filled with stories about him and our romantic journey, as well as our tearful break up.It caught him completely off-guard and it took him weeks to finish reading about our fairy tale romance, which I ended when it appeared it had run its course.On Kalish's blog, she states that those who cannot forget a lost love interest and seek to meet them again, often results in a long-lasting and meaningful relationship.