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But we were too young to make a relationship work. Disagreements became bigger than they needed to be. It seems to be all or nothing when you’re young. Either everything is perfect, and you’re reading Dr. Seuss—or everything is horrible. At one point Jacob decided he wasn’t ready to be married, and we ended up going our separate ways. Over the Best Papa Ever Just Ask Shirt But I will love this years we lost touch. I did call him once in 1990 – and we had a wonderful conversation. But by that time he was engaged, and he politely asked me not to contact him again. I admired his integrity and respected his wishes. Both of us got married. Then both of us got divorced. And I didn’t think about him for a long time.