Answer: To see his grandkids on the other side!
When you think about it, the term ‘long distance love’ typically conjures up images of romantic couples, planes, and a slew of images that involve lots of hugging and jumping into a loved ones arms. Yet those aren’t the only relationships that long distance love encompasses. Think about all the people that are near and dear to you: your best friend in Dubai, your brother ‘working’ in Brazil, your 85-year-old grandma who always knows what to say in a time of crisis. Those are the people we love from afar. Read on and you’ll find that you are also part of the long distance love community – you just didn’t know it!
Parents + Children
It’s been said time and time again, ‘they grow up so fast’. From the first time you drop them off at pre-school to their first trip abroad on their own, long distance love between parents and their children is inevitable. Care packages with chocolate chip cookies and warm socks for your son at college, bedtime Skype dates with your 3-year-old daughter when you are traveling for work, phone calls to review the latest episode of Glee with your 13-year-old daughter who lives with her mother 400 miles away…that’s all part of long distance love.
Grandparents + Grandkids
Approximately 80 million grandparents live in North America. And of that 80 million, 24 million (that’s 30%!) live a long distance from their grandchildren. Most people don’t really think of living far away from grandpa and grandma as a long distance love, but just ask yourself this as you spend your Saturday morning on the phone teaching your mom how to text, or as you are packing up 3 kids under 5 for a 6-hour plane ride to the other side of the country – would you be doing this if it weren’t true love?! However you choose to keep that love alive, it’s a special relationship and one that if nurtured, has a multitude of benefits for kids, parents and grandparents.
Married Couples + Couples
Are you and your partner miles apart? Did you at one point live on opposite ends of the country, or even the world with your now husband or wife? If so, you’re not alone. According to The Centre for the Study of Long Distance Relationships, 75% of all engaged couples were at one point long distance in their relationship. So when your honey has to travel for work, or is going to school in a different country, or is off fighting for your country, you become a part of the long distance love community. Embrace it, it’s kind of how the world works now. And because for most it seems to be worth it in the end!
Friends + Family
Your best friend just got promoted and now lives in New York, you’re in Toronto. Your old college roommate is throwing her bachelorette and the only way you can see her in the silly school girl costume she is being forced to wear is via Skype. You wake up to 3 missed calls from your younger, thrill-seeking cousin who called to tell you he’s just surfed the largest wave ever in Australia. The list goes on. With the constant contact via text and on Facebook these days, sometimes we don’t even remember that our friends are far away geographically until we attempt to contact them the old fashioned way, the phone. It’s when you hear the voice ‘Long distance charges will apply.’ that you remember. Oops! End call.
When it comes to the people we love and how often we see, speak, or get a chance to hug them, the reality is that everyone just isn’t as physically close as they used to be. Your lives get busier, people get relocated to exotic locations, and that dream you’ve always had to travel with your job becomes a reality. Long distance love is a part of all of us, be it through your friends, your other half, or your little girl who bought her first apartment 3 hours away from home. Luckily, with a little help from technology (and frequent flyer miles!) we don’t always have to feel as far away as we are!