Carrying a Torch After an Affair

Dear Robin:

I had a brief but very intense love affair several years ago. The relationship ended for one big reason that I can’t discuss, but when we broke up it was very hard on both of us.

I am a middle-age man who has been in love before and I am married, but I have never had a connection with anyone like I did with her. I miss her and I think about her all the time.

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Protestations and Explanations

Dear Robin:

My husband Claude and I have been together a long time.  We have had some ups and downs but for many reasons the past couple years have been especially rough.  As bad as things were they got worse.

I began to hear some rumors that my husband was having an affair with a woman named Gertrude who is single (sort of; that’s another story) and who has a very bad reputation around our small city.  

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