Something puzzled me recently. When I mentioned the love marathon between my boyfriend and I to one of my American teachers, telling him about how our friendship since high school had finally blossomed into love, he seemed quite shocked. He told me he had more than one friend who married their high school classmates and later realized it wasn't really love. As a good friend, he told me to think carefully about my "love" for my boyfriend. It occurs to me that Westerners might not appreciate this kind of long-lasting love. Is that true?