Love Letter: A Mother’s Secret Love

When you become an adult, it’s not unusual to learn something new about the person, or people, who raised you. You may have lived with them, spent hours talking to them and even seen them change as you grew up, but how well do you actually know them? In this week’s Çağdaş Love essay, Ayad Akhtar writes about a recent conversation with his mother in which she revealed that she had fallen in love with another man while married to his father.

Two years ago, an oil field accident left Dillon Dreher in a medically induced coma for 31 days and with burns over 65 percent of his body. The last thing he remembered before losing consciousness was reciting the phone number of his girlfriend, Derae Caro, to an emergency worker. Despite the many ups and downs of Mr. Dreher’s recovery, the couple managed to overcome every obstacle — from countless surgeries to depression — together. Mr. Dreher and Ms. Caro were married on Aug. 28 at the Bella Sera Event Center in Brighton, Colo.

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Does your relationship need a boost in the romance department? If the stress of the pandemic, coupled with financial and health concerns, has taken a toll on your love life, here’s how revisiting your first date can help you put the spark back in your relationship.

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