Tomorrow morning, my girlfriend will be on a plane en route to Hong Kong. She’s been counting down the days leading up to her departure but I keep telling her that I don’t want to be reminded of the fact that she’ll apart from me for a long time. She has a contract to teach in Hong Kong for six months with the possibility of extension if she does well. I knew this day was coming since the start of our relationship but I thought nothing of it because I didn’t know that we were going to last this long but little did I know, ten months down the road, we are still together.
Long distance relationships are hard and I’ve never been any good at it but my girlfriend and I are going to try very hard to keep the fire in our relationship burning strong. With the amount of technology that we have available to us, it shouldn’t be hard for us to keep in contact. We have instant messaging with video chat capability so I can talk to her any time and not worry about the cost of long distance. The only trouble that we might run into is the time zone. Hong Kong is about thirteen hours ahead of Canada so when I’m waking up, she’ll be getting ready for bed and vice versa. I got into the habit of calling her around lunch time but with her being in Hong Kong, that might be a problem.
I’m not sure what I’ll be doing while she is away. I’ve gotten so use to the fact that she’s always around. The house is going to feel so lonely with just me and the cats. Our bed will feel emptier without her lying beside me. The winter months will seem much colder without her to keep me warm. The days will seem so much longer and I see many restless nights ahead worrying about her.
The longest we’ve spent apart was a day but even that felt like a long time. During the summer she was working out in Toronto. She would stay over at her brother’s for the night instead of commuting back and forth to Hamilton. I preferred to drive out to Toronto to pick her up and bring her home rather than spend a night by myself. Even after my friend’s wedding I didn’t want to spend the night out of town. I came home right after the wedding. I was surprised that she was still up at three in the morning. But it felt really good to see her.
After work, I usually come home to an empty house because she’s usually at work or at rehearsal. During the hours that she was away, I caught a glimpse of what it would be like when she’s overseas. I would sit around and wait for her to come home. Sometimes I would go out and get some errands done but that’s rare. I don’t go anywhere unless she’s with me. It’s going to feel odd going from one place to another alone.
Six months is a long time but I think we’ll be able to endure it. It’s going to be hard during the first few weeks but with time, we’ll be fine. I’ll be looking forward to the day when I go and visit her. I’ve got a lot of things to do in order to get ready for that day. I’ve got a passport to apply for and I have to save up enough for a plane ticket. I don’t think I’ll be going out a lot without her so I can save up for a plane ticket in no time. When I get to the airport, I won’t be saying “Goodbye”, I’ll be saying “See you soon…”