Long Distance Valentine's Day

 

 

Recently my boyfriend and I started doing long distance, him in Orlando, Florida and me in Western Pennsylvania. So, while I spend Valentine’s Day alone in dreary Pennsylvania, he spends the day alone in sunny, warm Orlando, Florida--safe to say that I drew the short end of the stick! Either way, in either location, one thing remains the same for both of us on this day, we are without each other. And to be frank, it sucks. It just does, however, here are some ways we have decided to make it suck less and you can make it suck less too.

 

Spend the day together without actually spending the day physically with each other. Though we aren’t together, we have decided to do somethings together that we would normally do. For example, we are going to watch a movie Thursday night together. I also plan on facetiming him while I make dinner. Typically, we make dinner together so this Valentine’s Day we'll do the same thing...kinda!

 

Send each other gifts. Don’t let distance be a factor in letting each other know you care about the other. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate gift but there’s nothing sweeter than a good old snail mail card that lets the other person know that you are thinking of them. Even sending something cute and goofy via Amazon prime is a good way to let the other person know you love them and are thinking of them.

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Make a grand gesture. So, I have been planning on coming down to visit my boyfriend for months and he knows it too, however, I am waiting to tell him that I bought my plane ticket till Valentine’s Day. Yes, it seems silly because he knows it's coming, but at the same time it feels more special knowing that it’ll be on Valentine’s Day.

 

Ultimately, being apart for Valentine’s Day isn’t going to the same as being together, but there definitely are ways to make the best of it! The biggest thing to remember in long distance relationships is to communicate openly and focus on what you can do and not what you can’t do.

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