Miguel Marte, 16, and Rachelle Bodden, 16, are what you would call a fairy-tale couple. For they are always lovey-dovey and have been dating for, at the most recent count, nine months and three days.
They know almost everything about each other and have even considered a future together 10 years from now. They both believe in real love and say that they have faced some difficulties but have always overcome them.
“Love can be defined in so many ways and found in many places,” says Bodden, “but it just takes that one person to feel complete.”
Many say that romance is dead.
Kiara Jimenez, 16, from Dorchester, believes in the existence of love even if it can’t be scientifically proven.
Love is trusting, she says, but also feeling safe with that special person.
Jimenez is currently dating a boy named JR. It’s almost their 10-month anniversary, but they can already see themselves in several years with a dog and two kids -- a boy and a girl.
Jimenez says there’s no hurry.
“At the end of it all.” she says, “the person you really need will come when you least expect it.”
Isaiah Smith, 17, from Roxbury, isn’t wasting his time trying to find his partner yet. He believes in love and the feeling of caring, wanting, and appreciating another person.
But after being in an unrequited relationship last year, he says, he decided to think more seriously about his future and the fact that school needs him to be in control of his emotions.
“Remember who you choose,” says Smith, “because the wrong love is [an] unhealthy one.