5000 Miles

"Why did you decide to marry me?", I remember asking once.

He looked surprise at such a question and then simply responded, "because I knew I had to marry the girl that flew over 5000 miles to be with me..."

I remember the day he asked me to go to Romania during the summer.  I had business trips all month with a one week break.  It would be exhausting to fly to Romania and then catch a flight directly after for Mexico City without any chance of recovering the jet lag.  However, I never gave it a second thought, if I didn't fly out in August - I wouldn't have seen him until Christmas.

I flew over 24 hours each way to spend five glorious days with him - it was important enough for him to ask so it was important enough to make it work.  That week he proposed.

Long distance relationships are never easy.  There are a lot of sacrifices that have to be done and there has to be a serious commitment to making it work.

 People always thought I was crazy to have a relationship with someone so far away - someone whose work schedule was worse than my own.  Very few people understood why I would even go through the hassle.  The late night phone calls, the trips back and forth, the hundreds of emails.

In my heart I knew - I knew that he was worth the effort.  I knew that he had a special place in my heart.  After 3 years of marriage and 1.5 kids later, there is no doubt in my mind that I made the right choice.




Mama’s Losin’ It


Submitted as part of Mama Kat's writing workshop.
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29 comments:

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

What a lovely post... and I thought I was in a long-distance relationship... 3 hours seems like peanuts right now!

Karen and Gerard said...

Glad it worked out for you and you are happy! That long distance stuff wouldn't work for me.

Stopping by from writers workshop.

Kimberly at Rubber Chicken Madness said...

Love that it worked out :)

vinobaby said...

And I thought a five hour drive was far...

I still find it amazing you both have jobs that take you all over the world. I can only imagine the places you have seen -- and from some of the pics you have posted, you have seen a lot!

Lovely story -- cheers!

deborah quinn said...

lovely story - and love that boxed quote at the end of it. So true, so true...and how many bad, sad relationships did I have before I got that idea through my head? So simple and yet so hard to learn.

Missy said...

That poster is the greatest advice ever. So true. What I really want to impart to my kids. Did you get it off of pinterest?

Natalie said...

Awww...glad he decided to put a ring on it girl! He knew he didn't want to pass up on this great catch!

Twisted Mummy said...

That was a very nice post. I'm glad it worked out. That's a nice picture of you both.

Adrienne said...

Oh, I love this! When I first saw this prompt it kinda made me mad (and remember people I was mad at!) So refreshing to see what you did with it - helps me to remember I can BE the make an effort person and I can't control the rest. I LOVE your story! My daughter and her fiance were 'long distance' for a while, and it's turning out well for them too!!

blueviolet said...

Your heart and your gut led you, and it's a beautiful thing that you have now!

Stasha said...

Love is always worth the trouble. How exciting, baby number-not long now!!

Jen said...

Aw, so sweet!! And holy crap, that's a long time to be in a plane...but I hate flying.

Stacey said...

I knew it was serious when you told me about him.....I have to admit that I was still a little surprised you got married to him and moved to France. I guess I thought he would be a serious steady boyfriend for a while. And I really never thought you would marry someone I never even had the chance to meet!!LOL Love you so much and can't wait to meet Cornel, Nathan and Noah!! COME HOME TO ME!!LOL

Jessica said...

5,000 miles is a really a long distance relationship. I'm so glad you two were able to make it work. You are perfect for each other.

Kristi said...

Hi Barbara! I've been gone from blog world for most of the summer so you may not remember me. If I remember correctly we bonded over our love of fine glass of wine...or even an "un-fine" glass of wine! :)
I was happy to see you at Mama Kat's and thought I'd say hi. My husband and I had a long distance relationship for 5 years...through those college years..but not quite as long distance as yours. :)
Glad I'm back blogging in time for your new baby's arrival. Congratulations...and cheers!

Anastasia said...

It seems like most took this and went negative went it. I love that you put a positive spin on it.

Kimberly said...

That really is long distance! Glad you went over there and it worked out. You're a fabulous couple!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What you discovered by being together made the trips and calls so worth it!

Kiddothings said...

Aw, what a lovely story and just perfect for the prompt.

Elena said...

Sometimes when you know, you know, and 5,000 miles doesn't remotely matter. I really do love his answer to that question. Very cool!

Cam | Bibs and Baubles said...

Oh, how I love this. At the risk of sounding too sappy - it's never to far to go when it's love. :)

Shell said...

You two are so romantic!

Alison@Mama Wants This said...

Love bridges distances :) So glad it worked out so well for you!

jeands said...

lovely post. if you both know in your heart that you were meant for each other no matter how far the distance, time difference you will find a way to make it work and just be with each other. your story is so inspiring as not all long distance relationship will work.

Nieves said...

Lovely and romantic post Barbara, especially your husband's answer to your question was so sweet.

Long distance relatioships are very complicated and difficult (and I know what I say!) but they are so romantic as well meanwhile you are in the middle of it! Luckily yours worked well and you truly did the right choice! You were lucky and you are a lovely couple. Kisses,

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

That's the sweetest post! And such a beautiful ending to your story. I completely agree. If you love someone you'll make time for them and make it work!

Katharine said...

That is such a true message. I feel like the older I get the more I focus on the people who want to be in my life than dwell on the people who can't find the time. Y'alls story is adorable, and you make the cutest couple!

Kim said...

What a good looking couple! I love this story, it confirms that sometimes true relationship doesn't care about geography.

Sara said...

Great post!!

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