By the time this is scheduled to post, Drew, Jackson, and I will be boarding a flight to Austin, Texas to attend a friend’s wedding and visit my sister. I don’t think my friend would mind me telling you that the man she’s marrying is an old high school acquaintance whom she reconnected with on Facebook several years ago (so, there, Facebook IS good for something!). They both grew up in Texas and he still lives in the state, albeit in a different city now, while my friend has spent the last seven years pursuing a PhD at Columbia. Their relationship has been, for the most part, long distance until just a few weeks ago. As someone who successfully navigated a long distance relationship-turned-marriage, I’m so excited for them and wish them lots and lots of happiness.
Anyhow, their whole situation brings up several open-thread-worthy discussions. First, have any of you reconnected with old friends or former flames on social media sites and had love blossom? Second, who else has successfully turned a long distance relationship into a marriage or happy live-in coupledom? What challenges did you face and how did you work through them? Finally, since this will be my first — and likely only — wedding of the season this year, let’s talk favorite wedding memories you have as either a guest or participant. (Sadly, I missed both weddings I was invited to last year due to hospital stays from pregnancy complications. I would definitely not count those as “favorite wedding memories,” though I won’t likely forget the experiences for a while).
Also! Reminder that there will be a DW Meetup in Austin on Sunday. I’ve made a reservation and hope to meet at least a couple of you.