Tuesday, November 20, 2012

after a long time apart

ph: Rowena Waack

Every time I see him after a long time apart I am struck by how solid he is—how real and colourful.

I marvel at the texture of his hair, of being able to run my fingers through it and fluff up his bangs. The depth of his gentle, blue-grey eyes. The warmth of his flesh. The comforting smell of his body, his clothes. The clearness and closeness of his voice, unadulterated by Internet connections and unfiltered by the reception of cell phones. How tall he is, how big—how he wraps around me when I move to embrace him and dwarfs me, encloses me.

I hold his hands again, view his feet—those adorable feet, wrapped in dark socks. As I interlock my fingers with his, our palms meet like old friends. The contours of his face—I had forgotten how nuanced they were, how fine. These details had faded from my memory after countless video conversations, where all I could see were his head and shoulders, a simple frontal view. Where the image is grainy and the audio lags. But in reality there are no delays in the conversation, except when he struggles with a sound--his characteristic stutter.

In person, after months of being so far apart, his fullness of being and his very real presence are striking.

How glad it makes me.


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  2. I totally understand what you're saying.
    If you love one person every single detail about them is important to you, let alone if you haven't seen them for a long time and you miss them so much!

  3. thank you for this post. It put perspective back on the good times and emphasized important issues in my life.

  4. so beautiful. i almost feel the same each and every time i meet my boyfriend, and we only live five minutes from eachother!

  5. Lovely...I've been apart from my lover for 7 months now- we broke up because I had to go back home after going on exchange- I feel my memory is fading each week and our skype sessions definitely don't replace the tangible touch of his skin and body... how I wish I could feel and see him in reality. I feel like it was all a dream...I wish so badly I could see him in person again.I can just imagine...

  6. To the person who wrote this,

    Thank you. I started a long distance relationship 6 months ago, and as much as I love my boyfriend, it's the most painful thing being apart from him.
    Your post has reminded me to hold onto the little details and to push through all the days we're apart and to look forward to seeing him.

    Lauren x

  7. i ve gone through long distance in the first 3 years of our relationship and this post brought back memories. it's such an indescribable feeling.hold on to it!


  8. hey so inspiring! i am in long distance too for 3yrs already! :) still happy inlove wid himm.. <3

  9. this text is insanely beautiful.

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