I mean, that’s just a part of adult relationships. It’s happened to lots of people. It’s certainly happened to me. You go away for a long time, basically don’t keep in contact with people who you knew before and slowly they start to fade out of your life. You can do this for a year or more or even forever. Then you go home and see them again and all the feelings you had come flooding back. That’s part of the reason we included that line to begin with, to point out that that’s the situation that was happening. To specifically address how we never saw or heard from Margaret for so long.
I would say it’s not mentioned or pointed out by other characters because in real life that stuff doesn’t get mentioned. You just feel it, keep it all bottled up inside and try to ignore it, then it either gets worse or gets better until something comes of it. You might find someone else, or they might move away, or you might move away again, or you might make a move on them, or who knows really? Things like this aren’t cut and dry. Emotions don’t make any sense, they just sort of happen. You can only guide them so much.