Today is one year for me and Shane, and it’s also about the halfway point in our long distance relationship. In fact, last night I booked my flight to Ireland…I’ll be arriving in Dublin at 7am on Saturday, February 8th. I can’t wait to run into his arms!
And, because I’m feeling mushy and nostalgic, I want to tell the story of how we met. If you’re not romantic or you don’t care, here’s the short story: on Facebook. If you want to know the rest, read on…
In November of 2012 I was getting ready to move to Jeonju, South Korea. I joined the Facebook group for my new city and two weeks before moving, I made a post asking some questions. That night I got a message from someone with a fake name and no pictures on their profile – I was ready to brush it aside, but the message was innocuous and it actually answered my questions, so I replied. The next thing I knew, I was chatting with this person day and night…and I had no idea what he even looked like! This continued until I arrived in Korea, where, on my first morning, I woke up jet lagged with empty cupboards and no idea where the grocery store was. I was a bit apprehensive, but I messaged Shane. And, as luck would have it…we were basically neighbors!
Shane offered to show me around, and the first time that I laid eyes on him was when he arrived at my apartment building. It was definitely a “love at first sight” moment for both of us, although I wasn’t sure how things would go because he was so much more…gentlemanly…than the guys I was used to, haha. He stayed out of my personal space and he made sure that I felt safe and secure the whole time that we hung out that day, and, even though he told me that he was interested in me, he didn’t make a move at all.
That is, until the next day.
The next day I woke up with a cold. The day before I’d bought almost everything that I’d set out to buy, except for medicine and pomegranates. I messaged Shane to ask about the pharmacy and he said that he would walk me over some vitamin C. He swung by on his way to work, leaving me with a bag that had the promised vitamin C…and a pomegranate. It was just the kind of cute and thoughtful gesture that I would come to love in the following year. After that, he and I were attached at the hip.
Our first picture together: November 25, 2012.
How did you meet your SO? And…what should I do in Ireland?!