Thursday, January 20, 2011

long distance romance

It seems like when everyone I know wants to feel better about their lives,they watch Teen Mom. I apparently read WWII novels. Seriously, I've read 4 in the past month or so, all randomly recommended to me by different people.

One of the best things about these books is reading the correspondence between the people at war and their lovahs. Of course, since these are novels, all the letters are well-written and inspiring and tear-jerking and all kinds of other nauseating things. But I imagine the real letters from the past -- and not just between wartime spouses, but between anyone separated by distance -- were just as beautiful.

I began to wonder* how future generations would describe such correspondence between couples in 2010. At the time I was reading these books, Y was preparing to leave for part of his OB-GYN rotation, which was across the state (dramatic, much? It was two hours away). I, being stuck in WWII-Novel-Land, expected romantic and pining messages -- even if they were via text.

So, future generations, when a 2010 medical student leaves his wife and pitbull mix behind for 2 weeks to train, THESE are the pining gestures (I want you to read that as if Ryan Seacrest is saying "THIS is American Idol"):

"If you were here, you should have said hi!"

Okay Y, maybe our bathroom does occasionally look like this when I change the toilet paper roll:

But can't a girl get a little absence makes the heart grow fonder every once in awhile?

*Two Carrie Bradshaw references in one post? I am awesome.


  1. I'm kind of jealous your TP holder enables you to do that method. Mine is too close to the wall to hold up a full roll above the holder!

  2. The art of letter writing is alive and well with my deployed husband and I. We email back and forth every other day, but I make sure to drop 2 - 3 hand written letters in the mail every week. And he tries to write once a week. There is something about holding a hand written letter that makes you feel so much closer, even though he's 9,000 miles away.

    His letters always bring a tear to my eye (and to my coworkers' eyes, too, because I always read them outloud at work - he's going to be mortified when he gets back). You should suggest some letter writing to Y. At least one. If he says he's too busy, then guilt him and tell him OccDoc sees 58 patients on a slow day in a clinic in the desert where he's the sole doctor. ;) I hope you get a letter!

    Good luck!

  3. my in-laws have a shoebox full of letters between their great grandparents - they are awesome to read.
    btw - have you read Unbroken? Awesome WWII book. Not a love story though.