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43 Years After Their Divorce, Her Ex-Husband Suddenly Stops Her With This Sign

43 Years After Their Divorce, Her Ex-Husband Suddenly Stops Her With This Sign

It was an ordinary day like so many others. She made her way to work and started it with a huge smile. But as the day went on, she got a surprise visitor.

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Renate Stumpf, a German native, found a job at an army base in Germany in the late 1950s when she was just 18 years old. It was at this army base that she met the love of her life — or so she thought. One day, as Renate prepared food for the soldiers, a young man approached her. This young man was Louis Demetriades, who was stationed at the same base Renate was in. Both of them were 18, so they had a lot in common, and this sparked massive chemistry between them. But it was not until Louis asked Renate to make him a burger that he fell in love. “The first time I ever saw him, he asked me if I could fix him a hamburger. He liked who he saw, so he asked to go help me out in the kitchen,” she explained. After that, the couple quickly got married.

Shortly after, Louis got an offer to work in the U.S that he could not, and would not, refuse. Subsequently, both Renate and Louis moved to the United States and began a family. Love kept blossoming for them, but they would still have hardships they would have to endure in the future. They integrated themselves pretty well into America, but still, Renate couldn’t handle the language barrier.

Renate had never studied English, and it was very hard for her to communicate in the language and understand her surroundings easily. That is where things started going south for the couple. “We had little financial support, I didn’t know anything, and I could barely speak English,” Renate told ABC News. “We started arguing about every little thing.”

Renate was young, and this was her first relationship. If she had had the luxury of the internet’s wealth of information at her fingertips, she may have known more about love and things may have worked out differently.

How much do you know about relationships and human behavior? And would you be able to recognize true love if you saw it?

The odds were stacked against Renate and Louis. Do you know how high the divorce rate in the US?
10-20%
20-30%
30-40%
40-50%

Correct!

Wrong!

A large number of people remarry after a divorce, but can you guess how many?
80%
70%
60%
50%

Correct!

Wrong!

Renate experienced a phenomenon called "gaze detection" when she sensed someone behind her.

Why do you think humans have evolved this well-documented "sixth sense"?
It is a defence mechanism
Humans are hardwired to think that someone is starting at us when we can't see them
Scientists are unsure if the phenomenon even exists
All of the above

Correct!

Wrong!

Louis had found Renate, but it wasn't easy. What do you think is the easiest way to track someone down?
In the directory
Facebook
Mutual acquaintances
Hiring a private investigator

Correct!

Wrong!

Questions as to why Louis was there raced through Renate's mind.

Can you guess the most common reason for an ex-partner wanting to get back in contact, according to statistics?
Nostalgia
Unfinished business
Change in circumstances
All of the above

Correct!

Wrong!

Renate was overcome with different emotions, and she was more than a little apprehensive...and she had good reason to be.

How many divorced women have been stalked by an ex?
1 in 12
1 in 5
1 in 10
1 in 3

Correct!

Wrong!

Renata had married her first love, but it hadn't worked out. But you'd be surprised at how many people do marry their first loves! Can you guess how many?
57%
47%
37%
27%

Correct!

Wrong!

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year for many, but do you know when it is?
14th February
14th March
14th April
14th May

Correct!

Wrong!

Louis's sign elicited all kinds of emotions in Renate. According to research by Glasgow University, there are four core human emotions.

Which core emotion was Renate most likely feeling?
Fear
Surprise
Anger
Disgust

Correct!

Wrong!

Renate was not alone in her sentiments.

Can you guess what percentage of women in the US have turned down a marriage proposal?
10%
20%
30%
40%

Correct!

Wrong!

Still, Renate had heard stories about divorced couples getting back together.

Do you know what these marriages are called?
An open marriage
A marriage of convenience
A levirate marriage
A boomerang marriage

Correct!

Wrong!

Renate felt like she knew what she was doing, after all, she'd been married twice! She knew the wedding process like the back of her hand, and she was in no hurry.

Do you know how long it takes to plan a wedding, on average?
5 months
10 months
15 months
20 months

Correct!

Wrong!

Louis planned everything carefully, and he wasn't sure if his plan would even work. The most common reason for a woman to decline a marriage proposal might be his downfall.

Do you know what it is?
Unromantic proposal setting
Bad wording of the proposal
Lack of trust in the relationship
Scared of the commitment

Correct!

Wrong!

Louis had read about the low success rate of reconciling with an ex-spouse.

Do you know what percentage of couples make it work for the second time?
15%
20%
25%
30%

Correct!

Wrong!

So, did Louis's plan work? Well, yes and no. If he had known how many women decline a public marriage proposal, things might have been different.

Do you know how many do?
6%
12%
18%
24%

Correct!

Wrong!

Everyone who read Louis and Renate's story was hoping for the best for the couple. The story was unusual because of the couple's age.

Do you know what the average age for a woman to marry in the US is?
17
27
37
47

Correct!

Wrong!

Do you know the important facts about love and relationships? They help to explain Louis's behavior and may determine if the couple will make it work the second time around.

Do you know if men or women are more likely to experience love at first sight?
Men
Women
Both

Correct!

Wrong!

Some commenters said that Renate was getting back with Louis for all the wrong reasons.

According to surveys, what is the most important reason to get married?
Companionship
Financial stability
Love
Having children

Correct!

Wrong!

Most people commended Renate for declining Louis's proposal and said she was right to wait before making the decision to marry him again.

How long is the average person in a relationship for before getting married?
1 year
2 years
3 years
4 years

Correct!

Wrong!

There is a good chance that Renate and Louis will make their relationship work. Studies show that first love tends to be the strongest!

Do you know what percentage of people in first-love relationships claim to still be in love?
64%
54%
44%
34%

Correct!

Wrong!

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