How Quickly Slow Time Goes

Today is two years exactly since my boyfriend left for Kenya.  Looking back, I think, wow, has it already been two years?  But then I think back to certain moments at the beginning where I was so sad and felt lost, and I think, yes, it has absolutely been two years and it’s time for him to come home now.

Not only have we survived the distance, but I feel like we have thrived. We are stronger, more open and love each other more today than we did at the beginning.  I can also confidently say that I have never been in a relationship, before this one, where I have been more comfortable being as honest and open as I am with him.  It was not always easy to maintain everything, but the relationship worked for us because of the daily communication, and we were fortunate that I could visit so much. At the end of the day, we love each other and are committed to each other, and I know that more than anything he is my guy, and I want to be with him, which is also a big reason why we have worked.

So what am I looking forward to now that my boyfriend is coming home?  Everything basically–anything and everything.  My bed will no longer be empty and I’ll have my partner in the same time zone.  I’ll be able to speak with him in person, and hug him when he’s feeling alone, and be hugged by him when I am feeling sad.  I’m looking forward to going to the movies, double dates, holding hands, dancing to our favorite songs in my living room, playing board games and staying up late at night together laughing.  I’m looking forward to the next stage in our lives and continuing to build a life together, but now in the same place.

I just want him to come home now.  It’s time.  Luckily, he gets to come home in mid-December which is a couple months earlier than the normal schedule.  It just worked out that way with his group, and honestly, I think it would be really tough to do much more of this apart time.  It’s definitely together time now.  So now that we have an end date, we are starting to make plans for the holidays and travel—and it’s lovely to think about plane trips that are domestic and the seats we book are not just for me alone, but now for two.

Lastly, I want to say that I am thankful.  I am thankful for finding such an amazing man.  He has been incredibly patient, kind, loving and supportive.  He has been my rock and sounding board for two plus years, and I cannot imagine my life without him and the joy he brings to my life.   Two years has been tough at times, but it’s been worth every single moment, because I have found such an amazing man, friend and partner.  I found my person, and his time in Peace Corps has made me realize this more and more with each day that we are apart.  I am grateful to have shared this journey with the love of my life, and more than anything I look forward to the life that awaits us when he returns home.