Old Flames

Lisa went to her 20-year class reunion and she and her husband bumped into his high-school sweetheart. “I was fine,” Lisa said, “But it was awkward for his old girlfriend.”

Run-ins with former flames can ignite jealousy and arguments over a number of emotionally charged issues.

Keep your cool. If you run into an ex, introduce your spouse or partner immediately.

If you are the new spouse or partner, smile and be polite.

If you are shy or suspicious, you’re setting yourself up for trouble. It’s probably better to not ask any questions.

And if your spouse or partner is looking a little too long, pull him or her aside and confide your feelings privately.

They might not even realize they’re making you uncomfortable.

From an article by Lisa Nicita in The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona.