It’s been nearly a year since Panda left to work on the east coast and we’ve been very fortunate to be able to see each other almost monthly. I always knew our relationship would be fine despite the distance and I’m glad that it wasn’t as hard as I feared it might be. Still, it’s challenging and I’m looking forward to the day when I don’t have to wish we lived together.
For now, we keep all lines of communication open, ranging from text messages and IMs to phone calls and Skype video messaging. I think that video chatting is a critical piece to making a long-distance relationship work. Being able to see and hear each other when you can’t be near each other is invaluable. It’s so much easier to express yourself and bond that way. Even something as simple as showing each other what we’re eating becomes a rewarding experience.
In fact, Panda and I often get on Skype and don’t talk to each other. We don’t need to! Just being able to look over and see what the other person is doing is comforting. We’ve both got our separate things to do, but that doesn’t mean we can’t share our time as well. A lot of people don’t seem to understand that and have been perplexed by our decision to sit on Skype without actively talking most of the time. I think they’ve just got to try it!
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