02/18/2012 12:40 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Romance And Dating: Are Relationships Ever Really Mutual?

On one very ironic Valentine's Day in 1971, my father married my mother, knowing she was in love with another. Growing up, I watched him long for her, while she longed for a Lebanese man named Adel. My grandmother, a feisty Greek woman from a small village on the island of Evia, forbade my mother from marrying Adel because she thought he was too poor, too uneducated, and too good-looking to be faithful.

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