Story Weekend: Long Distance Romance
Have you ever had a long distance romance? We’d love to hear your story!
If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve contributed. As always, there are a few “rules”:
▪ The story must be true
▪ Try to keep it under 100 words. Embrace the challenge! That’s about six or seven lines in the comment form. I want others to read your story, and most people tend to skip if it’s too long. I know how tough it is to “write tight” but I hope you’ll accept this as a challenge.
I met my husband on a blind date in Md. He lived in Ohio. Hit it off right away. Communicated with letters, phone calls and visiting our respective homes or my college in Frostburg Md. We did this fir five years. I had to teach two years in Md after graduating. A requirement of my college as we did receive free tuition. We stuck it out, married in 64 and I moved to Ohio . We were married 50 years last June. I guess we made it!!!!
In 1978, I was a 16yr old schoolgirl from London and he was an 18 year old trainee fighter pilot with the RAF, from hundreds of miles away in Northumberland. Dashing, handsome, clever and brave., he was already everybody’s hero! We met at a Mess Ball blind date style as he needed a partner and my sister brought me along. It was love at first sight between Michael & I ; I was thrust into a mesmerising world of high flyers, travel and secret trysts long distance! Our tender, young love affair continued over the miles and countries, for 2 years which included heartfelt love letters, an engagement ring and undying love professed on both sides . Sadly, one day in 1980 the time came for him to be posted to Germay and I took up a London University teaching degree course. It was a difficult time, and events got the better of us. I have never been so heartbroken since. The parting affected me profoundly Ive never been able to throw away his love letters and have followed his career from the safe distance of a happy 30 year marriage to a wonderful man, 5 beautiful children and a long teaching career. Sweet memories ….
My little sister, aged 16, had been on dates with a few boys but never got too attached to any of them, right up to the day that she went to stay with my cousin for the weekend. While we were there my cousin took her to the 16th birthday party of a boy that she knew from school. He asked her if she liked his new birthday trainers, and could he have a kiss, seeing as it was his birthday?
Well, they may have lived 250 miles apart and neither of them could drive, but every other weekend for several years he got the coach on Friday night down to see my sister, leaving on Sunday afternoon to make the journey home in time for work on Monday. Now they’ve just celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary. The distance might have been a challenge, but I guess they always knew they had something worth the effort!
I met my hubby playing pool on the Internet. We chatted for a few months online before exchanging phone numbers, I gave him my “real name” after 6 months. I knew I loved him before I met him 18 months later. We lived 900 miles apart! When he came to visit my grown sons thought he was an ax murderer and made me check in with them ever hour. We got married 14 months after our first face to face date and we are 10 years into our happily ever after. He still calls me by my alias!
We met in a restaurant in my local neighborhood while he was in town on business. I lived in Pennsylvania, he lived in Virginia, but our connection was so strong that we decided to give it a shot. We spent a great summer together, both traveling back and forth to visit and explore our home cities. Our romance only lasted those few months, but I have so many great memories and wish him all the best. My fondest memory has to be spending the 4th of July in our nation’s capital, playing frisbee and picnicking with friends on the lawn of the Washington Monument.
Why was this man trying to talk to me when I was obviously trying to read? Just let me finish these last two chapters. From Chicago to San Jose we learned we both have twins, love to travel, eat sushi, drink fruity cocktails. Over the last eight years there have been countless flights and road trips. I have tasted lobster in Maine, parasailed in Key West, he has picked crab in Maryland and learned to SCUBA in Grand Cayman. Now every night at 10PM I eagerly pick up the phone to talk with the man from seat 28E.