“All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.”
As I bear the brunt of surviving the early summer sun and cool ocean breeze of the North Coast here in southern California, MLB is working feverishly in northern California.
While it’s great to be here, most of my day is devoted to searching out the best job to match my skills and experience. So the plan is for me to find work in this area and then MLB will join me once that task is complete.
Until that time, we are maintaining an LDR (long distance relationship).
We’ve been known to make it through such times as these.
Early on we were apart for six months with periodic visits in between. I was in technical training in the Air Force in Illinois when she was a tv reporter/anchor in Omaha, Nebraska.
We would meet half way between in Iowa City, Iowa. Here’s the path we took: http://goo.gl/wjrg6
Some great memories from that time period with young love in full bloom.
And then there was the interesting choice by the Air Force to send me BACK to America for training, when we lived in England … right before I got out of the Air Force. That was a three month stint apart from the love of my life. During that time, we had no in between visits, nor was phone access very good or affordable at that time.
At other times, we each have traveled for a week or two for work, or just prior to a move.
Fortunately, for those of us who have to go through an LDR, times have changed. And so much for the better. No longer do phone bills rack up in the several hundred dollar range as happened to us in the early days of our relationship.
Technology has opened up instant lines of communication. If I see something I know MLB will be interested in, I shoot her the pic at that very moment.
Want to zip off something short and funny – text it in a matter of seconds.
And if it’s something longer, an email can be typed and sent before you can say:
“United States Postal Service delivery takes days to send a letter, and you have to type or write it, stamp it, drop it into the mailbox, pick it up at the mailbox at the other end, and then read it.”
But that’s not to say I don’t miss MLB. Though it isn’t nearly as tough to go through an LDR these days, it’s her companionship that’s missed, nonetheless.
The simple things like driving to the grocery store, getting a pizza, watching favorite shows on the DVR, and having her use some of my 7,000 words per day (the average woman uses about 20,000 words per day while the average man tops out at about 7,000 wpd) are the things that I miss the most.
All the technology just can’t take the place of someone you love being right there next to you, wherever you are.
Well played Mr. Shakespeare, well played.
Have you had to be away from your loved ones for a long time?
What did you do during that LDR?