ROME (AP) — They died young and, by the looks of it, in love. Two 5,000-year-old skeletons found locked in an embrace near the city where Shakespeare set the star-crossed tale ”Romeo and Juliet” have sparked theories the remains of a far more ancient love story have been found.  Archaeologists unearthed the skeletons dating back to the late Neolithic period outside Mantua, 25 miles south of Verona, the city of Shakespeare’s story of doomed love. Buried between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago, the prehistoric pair are believed to have been a man and a woman and are thought to have died young, because their teeth were found intact, said Elena Menotti, the archaeologist who led the dig. ”As far as we know, it’s unique,” Menotti told The Associated Press by telephone from Milan. ”Double burials from the Neolithic are unheard of, and these are even hugging.”

Flash back…

I was in England in the 1978’s.  I was walking around London with a friend that I knew from California who just happened to be living there at that time.  We went to see Romeo and Juliet starring Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting and a young Michael York was in the film too.  If you have not seen this movie it is one you should see.  Keep in mind it was made in 1968.  I walked out of that film all choked up.  I can see still that film is my mind today.  Like every girl and possibly some boys I wanted that kind of love.  I do not mean the kind that is forbidden and ends in tragedy, but the kind that they had that would withstand time and still remain strong. Or is that just a myth?

Reality check, is there really a love like that?  If those two did not die young would the still have that type of love? Would it have withstood maybe lack of money, premenstrual tension, pregnancy, children, inlaws, difference of opinions, division of chores, sagging skin, , 7 year itch, mortgage, menopause, retirement, and boredom and still be as wonderful as it was in the beginning?

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