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Reunion brings on fantasy and possible forgiveness

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My 45th college reunion is coming up.

I met "Jill" in our freshman year. We became friends immediately. We had a common interest in sports; I was on the baseball and basketball teams, and she was a cheerleader who possessed superb athletic ability.

We had a great platonic relationship and we were heading toward the next phase. But me, being the naive, inexperienced 20-year-old that I was, did not behave properly.

Our last time together, decades ago, was spent with other friends and turned out to be a disaster. Suffice it to say, I unintentionally disrespected Jill that evening.

By the end of the evening, I saw that Jill was pretty upset with me, and she gave me the iciest look that I have ever seen. I knew at that moment that I was out of her life forever; which I deserved.

She is married, and I am also married, and I do not want to cause any problems for Jill if I see her.

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I have felt guilt and shame for my insensitive behavior for nearly 45 years, and feel that I owe her an apology.

I ruined a "fairy tale" relationship, and lost the most beautiful woman in Texas.

If I see her, should I apologize to her (if she will even speak to me), or should I keep the conversation general and cordial?

-- Jack


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