Over the years I moved on, our letters became less frequent, and I met and married my wife. There was probably a ten year stretch where we lost touch. Then, several years ago through the use of the Internet, I was able to track her down. It was not one of these stalking things (well, okay, it was) but by the time I was in my early forties, I was smart enough to know that my memories were just that.
I contacted her via e-mail and she was extremely excited to hear from me. The e-mails of life in the past years flew back and forth, stories of our kids, our spouses and so on. Neither of us ever came close to pushing the envelope of even the slightest flirtation, and it never will. We go for months at a time with no real communication, then one or the other will forward a joke or an article via e-mail which will spark a short exchange of "how are things" and then it is over for the next few months.
But today, she sent me a link to a YouTube video of her son in school. Of course, I was eager to see if she had any other videos posted. There was a video of her cat and her dog. She was doing the speaking for the animals. And there was her voice.
All at once a flood of memories hit me. I never really thought of her voice over these years. Would I recognize her in a crowded bar - she looks like an older version of herself, but honestly, I saw her picture on Facebook several times before recognizing her. But hearing that voice did something wonderful. It reminded me of things in her personality that I really liked about her.
I also remember that she was bar none, the best sex I have ever had (with a woman). As John Candy said in the movie Summer Rental, "Do you know what it is like to hit your peak at 16?"
Wow. I hope my wife doesn' t ever read this stuff.