Episode 9: Old Flames - New Sparks
By Debbie Macomber
We all seem to have an 'old flame' in our lives, don't we? A few years back my husband happened upon one of his former girlfriends. He'd driven to his hometown for his high school reunion. For one reason or another I wasn't able to travel with him. We planned for me to fly in a day later and Wayne would pick me up at the airport. Before I arrived, my husband called to say he'd run into his high school heartthrob--let's call her Bambi--and the two had decided to meet for lunch for old times' sake.
"Just the two of you?" I asked. As you might have guessed, I wasn't keen on this idea. Bambi was single and Wayne wasn't.
"I suppose my brother could come with me."
"Good idea," I said in a way that couldn't be misconstrued.
To shorten this tale, let me say that Wayne's brother wasn't available for lunch with Wayne and Bambi. Not only were the two of them dining alone, Wayne turned off his cell phone so I was unable to reach him for the entire afternoon.
Generally I'm not the jealous sort, but I didn't have a good feeling about Wayne and his high school sweetheart. In fact, I stewed the entire flight. All I can say is that it's a good thing Wayne was at the airport to meet me. He took one look at me and said, "Oh Honey, I'm so glad I married you."
As he should be! He went on to tell me that while it was good to catch up with his former sweetheart, the flame had long since burned out.
I can understand the way Jack must feel when Stan suddenly comes into the picture. Old flames can feel downright threatening.
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