Their weekends in New York turned a close friendship into a full-blown relationship.Two years later, they were engaged but had never lived in the same place while dating.When Kathryne Love’s boyfriend proposed to her on the Brooklyn Bridge in 2004, she said yes, excited to spend the rest of her life with the man she loved.Then, they had to take care of one small detail: move to the same city.I would call around 11pm after getting home from work, meaning I would “apparently” sometimes fall asleep mid conversation : S, which meant Mike picked up his phone every morning around 6am in America.Being forced to talk on the phone meant that we got to know each other a lot more intimately, and a lot more quickly than we otherwise would have.Building a new relationship is a whole lot harder than maintaining an existing one.
So rarely does one cliche so succinctly sum up something.
We swapped emails and phone numbers, not having any clue that our wedding in Hawaii would be less than three years later. I firmly believe that you can make anything work if you want to. I wont lie – long distance for 18 months was incredibly hard, but we made it work by maintaining: We spoke every day.
I got an amazing phone plan where I had unlimited calls to international mobiles, and we would talk for hours.
We have a pretty incredible story – so I’m told – which included pulling off one of the greatest long distance relationships ever, being almost 15,000 kilometers apart. Before we knew it we had spent hours talking to each other and laughing together, and found ourselves sitting beneath a starry African sky in the early AM hours.
Dinner had turned into breakfast and we forced ourselves to say goodbye before heading towards separate flights. If you truly want something to work, and you put everything you have into it, you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.
Love lived in the District, where they had both gone to law school.