When I wrote about How to Tell Your Catholic Parents you’re Moving in with your Boyfriend last week, a commenter who disagreed with my decision suggested every relationship, no matter how unique, must go through “standard procedures.” He was respectful in his disagreement and this post is in no way intended to bash or disrespect him. It’s just that his words made me think. Are there indeed standard procedures that every relationship must have and, if so, what are they?
Distance makes the heart grow fonder.
The two relationships that come to mind when I read this: my relationship with my parents and my relationship with my boyfriend. In college, the boyfriend and I had a long distance relationship. I was a freshman and he was a senior when we started dating. After he graduated, we had nearly three years playing the long distance game. We made a point to see each other once per month, with the exception on the semester I spent in Northern Ireland. That particular distance showed me a lot about the boyfriend. Continue reading How Distance Fosters Successful Relationships