High School Sweethearts

Greg and his high school sweetheart, Carol 1969

Many people have wondered about their long lost love. Maybe it is someone you knew and loved in high school or college. Then you parted ways.

Just like Dan, the main character in “Expiation”, in our solitary moments over the years it is easy to muse “what ever happened to my lost love?” There might be that someone from high school or college and we remember the warmth and excitement of the love we once felt. Maybe we still do. Often when someone contemplates going to a high school reunion after many years, it is easy to wonder if your long lost love will be there. What will they be like? What has happened in their life since I lost track of them? What will be their impression of me? Does my high school sweetheart ever think of me, like I sometimes think of them?

One of my trains of thought which contributed to the story in “Expiation” was my relationship with my wife. My wife and I were high school sweethearts. She first caught my eye in the eighth grade. We started becoming romantically involved about halfway through high school. We became very serious about our feelings for one another in our senior year. I played sports in high school and she was very cute and popular. Then she left the Bay Area, where we both grew up, to go out of state to college. Our relationship held together despite the separation and we have been married for 40 years. If it had not worked out and we somehow had unexpectedly reunited later in our life and were both single, would we try to rekindle our old romance? Absolutely.

In today’s world, commitment to a partner doesn’t come easily and the median age for marriage is getting higher and higher. It may exacerbate the problem about letting a former love get away. Was he or she the one? Did I miss an opportunity that would have changed my life?

These decisions put individuals on a different course. In “Expiation” the decisions that Dan makes puts his life on an entirely alternate path than if he had stayed with his high school sweetheart. Then in Dan’s life the opportunity for a second chance presents itself. There she is. His long lost high school sweetheart suddenly re-enters his life. It comes at the perfect time when Dan’s only child is graduating from college and is on the cusp of beginning her own life. Dan’s first wife died suddenly years ago and left him a widower.

Now his high school sweetheart re-appears in his life. Is it possible to reclaim that which was lost? “Expiation” explores the possibilities.

Listen to a discussion of these issues in my radio interview with Steve Jorgenson on the Indie Book Publishing show. Follow this link http://toginet.com/podcasts/indiebookpublishing/?s=indiebookpublishing

Greg and Carol over 40 years later


About gregmessel

I've written six novels and am working on a seventh. My first three novels were "Expiation," "Sunbreaks" and "The Illusion of Certainty." I'm now working on a series of mysteries set in San Francisco in the 1950s. In 2008, I retired from corporate life and so I can spend more time writing. I spent over ten years in the newspaper business. I now live on Puget Sound in Edmonds, Washington, just north of downtown Seattle.
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