To My Long-Distance Relationship Partner
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To My Long-Distance Relationship Partner

You don't know the strength of love until you've been in a long-distance relationship.

To My Long-Distance Relationship Partner
Ashleigh Lemelin

To My Long-Distance Relationship Partner,

Let me start by saying I know this isn’t easy. I know it wasn’t easy to know we would be apart. I do have faith that all will work out well in the end and these last months will fly by.

I want to set an example for others that come after us. Being afraid of the unknown is perfectly fine. Not knowing what tomorrow will bring is somewhat exciting. I know you may not think so since you‘re stuck at home. We are proving that it is possible to be in a relationship with someone, even when they aren’t in the country. You’re helping me do just that. You’re supporting me while I chase my dreams. You have encouraged me to go each day. Some days I didn’t think I could pack my bags or board that plane, but you helped me do it. You showed me that the things I was worried about most were nothing to worry about. I didn’t have to worry whether or not you’d walk away, I know that you’ll be there, anxiously awaiting my return.

There have been days where we haven’t had the opportunity to talk for one reason or another. Between the wifi being down for the day or traveling in the jungle without a reception tower in sight. Although it isn’t often that we aren’t able to talk, I still appreciate each day that we do. We each are dedicated enough to take the time out of our days to talk to each other about how our day went. Technology makes it much easier on us for communication purposes, from video chat to just text messaging. I love that I can count on a video chat once you’re home from work and I’m done with classes and excursions. I love that we are able to continue on with our lives and still keep in contact. It isn’t so much that we can’t accomplish our daily tasks. Instead, it’s just right.

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Everyone wants a relationship that is real. I’m not sure they always realize that includes the good and the bad times in life. Dating long distance is no walk in the park of course. There are times when you’re down and just want a hug or someone to talk to. You may miss important life events that you just can’t make it too. Things are difficult but it isn’t permanent. I appreciate that you keep a level head and don’t make things difficult for me while I’m away. One of the worst things about being away is arguing with someone you care about. I love that you’ve been so encouraging and understanding. You’ve found ways to cope with the distance and you’ve accepted that while I’m gone now, I won’t be forever.

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I want to thank you for going on this adventure with me. I hope that you are living vicariously through me each and every day. I want you to be happy while I am away. I am here to support your dreams just as you are mine. I will continue to be here to help every step of the way, whether I am physically there or over technology. Whenever you need advice or just an ear to listen, know that mine is here. Know that I do think of you and being home often. Although I’m not ready to return home just yet, I’ll be happy to see you as well as my friends and family.

Miss my absence but do not be upset (easier said than done, I know). I will be back, that much I can promise.

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