I (finally) heard back from one of my very good friends from high school. I had emailed him last week or the week before, to try to re-attach the lines of communication that were severed by distance.
And he is engaged. To be married. The first of my high school friends to tie the proverbial knot. Wow! Anyway, he's a wonderful guy who totally deserves all of the happiness in the world. So, hearty congratulations to Rodney and Kathleen! I wish you many more years of happiness and joy.
(Today's project: put together the pieces of my secretly broken heart. *sigh* Lesson learned: nothing will ever come of a secret crush when it remains secret! Heh. )