Post # 1
J and I were long distance friends before we became a long distance couple – he came all the way around the world to pursue me, a two week trip. It took him a week to get up the guts to do it, and took me five days to respond… so our relationship was only 2 days old when he got on the plane back to America!
This winter we’ll spend 7 weeks together when I go to visit him; it’ll be the first time we’ve been in the same state for more than 2 weeks in we met in high school 8 years ago!
What about you? How’d you meet, and how’d you end up far away from each other?
Post # 3
That’s a great story, Daydream, very romantic. Good thing he got up the courage to speak to you; that must have been an amazing two days!
Enjoy that 7 weeks. I just got home from 7 weeks with my guy (hmmm, I think I’ll call him Spike, an in-joke). It was great being able to just be with him, live with him, for an extended period. Really gave us a chance to see how we’d manage in the same living space. I hope you two enjoy some domestic bliss!
As for how we met and ended up in this whole long distance situation, we met playing an online roleplaying game. (I’m in the US and he’s in Australia.) Our characters hit it off and became a couple (and got married in-game), so we became online friends. Then hurricane Ike knocked out my power for two weeks, and I had this wonderful guy calling me long distance, several times, for hours at a time, and I realized something more was going on. In spite of ourselves we managed to admit how we felt. We had already been planning to meet as friends at Comic-Con in San Diego, but I decided to go meet him a couple of months beforehand. We spent three weeks running around Australia, I met his family, and by the time I left we knew this was the real thing.
The Internet really can be a wonderful thing.
Post # 4
wow!! That’s awesome, Tex!
Post # 5
We have been long distance our whole relationship, but not as long distance as you Dirty Delete and Tex. FI’s younger sister and I went to the same university and met in a bible study group. She thought that her brother (my FI) would be perfect for me so we started talking and then met about a week later.
At first we were only about 3 hours apart (Chicago to Indianapolis) but then I went overseas for a summer during the beginning of our relationship so we were REALLY long distance and now we are Chicago to PA which is about a 10 hour drive. We get to see eachother every couple of weekends and we talk a ton throughout the day.
It makes it that much better when we do get to see eachother and our communication is SOOOO excellent since we have spent a lot of our relationship talking on the phone. It really helps you get to know eachother in a deep way 🙂
Post # 6
We actually just became long distance. We dated for 3 years before Fiance joined the Air Force and left. Actually, his first day in basic was our 3 year anniversary.
Post # 7
Dang, that’s a story, daydreamwanderer! I’m all about it =]
Us: started dating Dec 04, were together for the spring semester, apart for a summer, together one more semester (fall), then 30 minutes apart for another spring semester, lived togheter that summer in GA, then LDR him: Georgia, Me: Missouri….the following summer i was in Seattle…..and two months later he got deployed. Then he came back to GA and I was in St. Louis.
I need a chart. I confuse myself =]. We were mostly long distance, but we really cemented where we stood in our relationship based on that summer together. I wasn’t about to embark on a LDR relationship including a deployment without living with him for a little bit. I really wanted to know how I felt about him. It helped solidify how I felt about him and encouraged me to stick it out for a few more years =]
And now it’s all behind us. It’s so strange. Feels like vacation and that tomorrow i’ll take him to the airport. But no, I won’t. He’ll still be here tomorrow and the day after.
During those 7 weeks, take time for yourself. When you don’t spend 24/7 around someone and they’re finally here, you’ll spend every waking second with them. It will wear you out. I did it for 2 weeks and was exhausted. I needed my “me” time, so try to find some balance, even though you’ll be LDR 7 weeks later. For me, I almost startted getting annoyed with having him around so much…i started going tot he gym just to get away from him! It was like, personal space overload….you really do get used to it =]
Post # 8
That is a sweet story DW!
FH and I have always been in a LDR of 500 miles altho there was a brief 4 months where we were 2000 miles apart and did not see each other at all :-/
I just can’t believe that we will finally be together forever in only 6 months 🙂
Post # 9
FH and I met online…I thought he lived in Birmingham US…but he lives in Birmingham UK 😉 ROFL However that was never an issue for either of us. So, we clicked from the first message…March 2008 and we’ve been together in a long distance relationship ever since. It has been an amazing journey! We feel that our ability to survive this has given us the foundation we need to last a lifetime.
Post # 10
Such great stories!
Aren’t we fortunate to have stuff like the internet to help us keep in touch (and sometimes meet)? I think, often, how much harder this would have been 50 years ago – then again, 50 years ago I probably wouldn’t have come to China as a single woman, and if I had, J probably wouldn’t have pursued me for it.
Post # 11
Sort of, we both went to university away from our homes, so we could be together there, but when we were at home it was long distance. Since graduating and doing a training year we’ve had to maintain long distance because of our work contracts. We take turns seeing each other on the weekend like we did when we were on summer/easter/christmas breaks 🙂
Post # 12
We’ve always been apart.
We met online playing a free-trial game on zone.com! We were both in long term relationships with other people, but kept in touch via MSN messenger. Fast forward 11 months later- we were both single & he met me in Seattle, Washington for a weekend! It was an amazing weekend & we both have fond memories and feelings about SEA! 🙂
We first talked May 2005.
We met April 2006.
Broke up June 2007. (As you know LDR are hard and often fall apart around the 1 year mark- we were that statistic! Ahh)
Got back together January 2008.
Got engaged March 2009.
Getting married July 2010.
Post # 13
yup, we’ve been long distance from the start. we met via our blogs, i commented on his blog first and then he returned the favor and then we started IMing each other and then finally talking on the phone. we were talking for about four months before he asked me to be his girlfriend.
almost five years later and we’re still just as happy as can be and looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together!
once we figure out how to close the gap. haha
Post # 14
@RB – I’ve never knew you guys broke up (for 6 months!) before. I’m glad it worked out 🙂
Post # 15
@daydream: We broke up… it was terrible. We just kind of stopped talking after we had a big fight right before I left to fly home from his place.
(oh my gosh I can’t believe I’m saying this!) He told me in November 2007 “I don’t want to speak to you ever again” or something equally as devastating… so the next day I hopped on a plane, rented a car, drove to his work & waited for him to come out during his lunch break.
I sat outside the courthouse & had a 2 hour conversation with the bailiff. lol the courthouse was up in arms trying to figure out why I was there waiting. I just wanted to talk. I knew if he saw me again, in person, he couldn’t say no to me! lol ahhh.
It sounds crazy… but it saved our relationship. He said so himself! Once he saw me he lost his anger, we talked it out & we started building a solid foundation. 🙂 We’ve been together ever since.
Post # 16
Oh yes. We met online. He was so perfect for me that I didn’t care about the distance involved when I first emailed him.
Ten months later he flew out to meet me. Within 24 hours, we both knew we’d found the one.
A few more trips and eighteen months later, we’re planning our wedding.