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Returning to America after four years in Europe

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Modern Love


One of the first things I turn to in the Sunday New York Times is Modern Love in the Style section.

The weekly column - by various authors - always resonates, whether it's about Internet dating or buying a dog to save a marriage.

This week's piece I found particularly impactful. "Loved and Lost? It's O.K., Especially if You Win" by Veronica Chambers validates every person who has ever desperately drunk dialed an ex-lover or taken a last-minute flight to make a last-ditch effort at a doomed relationship.

When my father was 17, he moved half way around the world to be close to the girl he loved. He showed up at her door, without notice, and she rejected him immediately. It would take him another 20 years and two failed marriages to find true, lasting love. But he did and they've been happy for 25 years.

Of course, there can be a fine line between romance and restraining order and I'm still working out the guide posts on how that line is drawn.

Still, I applaud Ms. Chambers for taking a stand for heart-on-your sleave-cry-your-eyes-out love.

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