How we met: Christopher (Philadelphia) & Rose (Hawaii)
(Rose’s side of the story)
We met through a mutual friend on Facebook named Matt. I (Rose) was having a casual Facebook conversation with Matt about a new art piece I just uploaded and he mentioned to me that he showed his friend Chris my work and that Chris loved it. Well, I was curious and decided to snoop around Matt’s Facebook page to see who this Chris person was. Turned out to be this guy who I came across a lot on Matt’s page and thought he was a very good looking guy. Using the fact that he loved my artwork, I went ahead and messaged him “Hey, Matt told me you loved my art.”.. and from there.. sparked something amazing.
We talked for hours and hours about the most random things. We barely ran out of things to say.. the connection, the spark, and our interests entwined. ”This guy is amazing..” I thought to myself. I fell in love with how much he was so genuine and so supportive of my art. I loved how he opened up to me and just had a lot to say. I loved listening to it all. Hours then turned into days and we would even stay up late at night just to keep talking to each other. It was insane! Haha. But I enjoyed it all. I seriously fell in love with this guy.
On the 4th day of talking.. I couldn’t help myself. I seriously fell in love with this guy. We had so many common interests and we.. I dont know.. it’s.. it was indescribable and I had a gut feeling that this guy was something special. So yeah.. on the 4th day.. I dropped the L word.. yes.. I told him that I loved him. Oh man oh man.. the things that were going through my mind at that time. I was extremely worried about scaring him away.. the fact that.. we’ve only talked for a couple days.. but I figured.. you can’t time love.. right? So I told him anyway, and of course.. to no surprise.. he was taken aback. ..Took a little bit of time but he ended up writing me a long and very sincere letter. Basically telling me we should take it slow.. and how we just started talking.. and stuff like that. Which is funny because.. it only took him a day.. to say it back… “i love you too”. A lot of people right now would probably have been like “omg that’s too fast!” or something of that nature.. but.. til this day.. I don’t regret saying it.. and I will never regret saying it because it’s how I truly felt. I couldn’t help it. ;’)
A year and 3 months later.. here we are.. still in love as much as we were when we first started talking. We’ve been through a hella lot but we managed to stand up strong hand in hand. <3 I love Christopher so much and I can’t see myself ever without him.
(Chris’s side of the story)
As Rose stated, we met through a mutual friend on Facebook, Matt. Matt was a good friend of mine for a little over a year when Rose and I introduced ourselves to each other. I saw a post Matt liked and it turned out to be one of Rose’s drawings. Upon seeing it, I ‘liked’ it and from that one simple action, it started something special, something I would have kicked myself for had I passed it up; I met Rose.
I remember one of the first things I told her was, ‘you’re beautiful.’ Seriously, it wasn’t only her art that captured my eye, her photos caught my attention, too. I actually remember thinking to myself upon seeing her, ‘damn, I’d love to call her mine.’ Even though we’d only just met, she was beautiful to me in every way possible. Sparking conversations here and there, it wasn’t long before we got caught up in each other. Favorite movies, books, shows, foods, drinks, animals, bands, music, we found the most common topics to discuss along with the most absurd. Damn…thinking back to that time, we talked A LOT. We stayed up for hours every night, way past the time we’d normally be sleeping, just because of how attracted we were to one another. There was a 6-hour difference in between the two of us. (6 hours later here) so dealing with that in terms of trying to stay awake to talk was a little challenge I was ready to take. The more we talked, the more I learned and it kept me wanting to know everything I could about this girl. I should mention that we would spend majority of our time over Skype talking about the the most random things, and this would go on for 4+ hours some nights! I remember talking about old Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney shows we watched growing up, I remember video chatting and singing for her over Skype (she was the person I felt was worth singing to), buying a phone later November JUST to keep communication with her. I didn’t mind it, however, I loved hearing her voice, I loved how it calmed me just laying there listening to her speak. Our conversations brought out some things in us we never even knew about ourselves, as we talked about the past and talked about the future and our plans, I knew I found the one I always wanted to be with, but I wasn’t ready to speak yet…
As we stayed up late each night to talk to each other, something spilled out on the 4th night; Rose told me that she loved me. At this point, I was shocked, scared, concerned, confused, a rush of emotions hit me as I didn’t know what to think. I was trying to understand what she could have meant by what she said, or if she even meant to say it. Sure enough she meant what she said and I had to take a step back because of this. I didn’t want her ending up in another relationship (long distance) without REALLY getting to know me first. Honestly, I didn’t even contemplate being in a long distance relationship solely because of the distance. However, I gave myself time to think, time to collect everything that was said the past few nights since we introduced ourselves. I soon realized I loved this girl, too. I have a problem with coming off too strong or clingy, due to past relationships, so I was trying to play it safe for myself not to immediately say, ‘I love you too” without giving it some kind of thought.
It was true, I fell in love. I loved her. Everything. So I said it back, ‘I love you too.’ Things only kept going from here, the more we taught each other, the more we grew to love each other, not only for what we consider perfections about one another, but flaws as well. I loved how she made me feel. She was there to give advice and helpful suggestions. She was there to push me when I couldn’t push myself. She was always attentive and there to listen whenever I had anything to say. She motivated me to get off my ass and find another job as I was unemployed at the time. She knew all the right things to say. She’s the reason I’m still here today. Come to think of it, she’s helped me with more life events than I can count with my fingers and I’m eternally grateful for that. This girl has shown me a lot, opened my eyes to a lot of things I probably wouldn’t be able to notice on my own. While 1 year and 3 months later, we’re still here together, and I’ll never forget the first time we met and exchanged ‘I love you’s’ over the phone and through text. I’ll never forget one of the first things I said to Rose was, ‘you’re beautiful.’ I’ll never forget the late nights, talking about whatever came to mind. I’ll never forget the movies we watched over Skype, the dinner date we had one evening and every time we called each other just to hear the other persons voice. I’ll never forget many of the past events that brought us closer as a couple because those are the ones that should be cherished most, as without them, we would be nothing today.
On November 7th, 2013…after waiting for a year and 3 months… we finally met for the first time…
I, Rose, flew over to Philly to spend a weekend with Chris. Yes only a weekend :( I had school so I couldn’t stay for too long. But regardless, it was a fun packed weekend and I was so excited and happy to finally have this wonderful guy in my arms<3 We are currently still together and going strong :) and it’ll stay that way forever c:
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The dangerous thing about a long distance relationship is the constant state of living in memories; good ones bad ones… and then it’s always scary when you get to seem them again after a few months because even though you’ve kept each other updated as best as possible, you are always meeting an entirely new person. Even anatomically the cells in our body are reproducing every couple of weeks— so that means that even the you that I am touching when I see you again isn’t the same as the you I last did before. But I don’t know, all in all… I think that’s kind of beautiful.
I think we’re kind of beautiful.
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