Wednesday, September 10
Old Friends & Reunions
Yesterday, something different happened. As we were talking about her art project and munching on blueberry mini-muffins I heard a squeal. Looked up. And bebe's best friend from pre-school was walking through the door - with her sisters and their mom. All four girls are separated by just under five years, with bebe right in the middle - a 2nd grader, a 1st grader, Kindergartner and Pre-Schooler...and since bebe hit Kindie last year they haven't gotten to see one another often (different school districts, schedules..you know how it goes). But, as their mom and I were catching up, the girls were doing the same thing. Jabbering about silly things they did in pre-school, talking about a sleep over, wondering if we could all go to dinner some night after gymnastics.
Just like I've reminisced with high school and college and work friends of my own. We all know that feeling - you see someone familiar and your heart leaps a little bit and a smile spreads across your face because some almost-forgotten memory returns as clear as a summer sky. And, when we're really lucky, it's like no time has passed at all.
I think the reunion of friends is why I love the reunion romance so much. Because we get to see that first blush of 'I'm not falling for that again!' and it blooms into 'God, how can I be falling for him (or her) again? I can't survive another implosion!' There are a wealth of feelings to cover in reunion romances, and there is real danger in falling for a past love because if the relationship doesn't work, the hero (or heroine) aren't just out a lover...they've potentially lost part of their foundation. Oh, but the payoff when they overcome the obstacles...
What about you? Do you have a favorite romance trope? What makes it the best - in your opinion?