One Thousand Days With You

March 15, 2017 Nashville, TN, USA

Today is a very special day for me. It is mine and Anthony's one thousand day anniversary! I know it's not necessarily a very common anniversary that people celebrate, but I'm one of those strange people that like to keep track of small things like this. And as strange as it is, for some reason one thousand days doesn't sound as long as when you say "almost 3 years". As of today we have been together for 2 years and 9 months. That is 2 years and 9 months full of FaceTime calls, falling asleep over the phone together, and probably only physically seeing each other for a total of one whole year (maybe even less!)
I know a lot of people question how we can manage to do long distance for such a long time, and I'l be honest and say sometimes I don't know how we manage to do it either. We just have, and we just do. Always having to go back and forth, basically making the airport our second homes. It gets rough, but not once did I ever feel any regret of being in this relationship. We've gone through so much this past two, almost three, years. We've explored new places together, ate lots of good foods, and loved each other through it all. Although we don't get to do regular stuff that other couples do, like spend Valentines Day together (yes, we have yet to spend a Valentines Day together), or go out to the movies and have dinner together every night, but every time we get back together it's like we were never apart.

I remember the first time I ever visited him in New York. It was awkward at first because it was the first time we saw each other since he moved back home. I feel kind of bad not being able to recall all that we did this visit.  I can only really remember bawling my eyes out when I had to leave. I wasn't quite "adjusted" to having to say good-bye. It was such a while back, I didn't even have braces yet. And my goodness look at those horrible eyebrows lol.

We saw each other a lot more frequently our first year of dating. Anthony came to visit me in December for my birthday, then two weeks later I went to go visit him for his. I want to say two weeks is probably the shortest we've ever gone without seeing each other. The second shortest we've gone is probably about 2 months. I surprised him with Sam Smith tickets that year and I think he's been in love with me ever since. I also recall that being the year where my room got bombarded with birthday balloons! Anthony did such a terrible job at keeping it a surprise. My friends told him to keep me out of the house while they put the balloons and streamers in my room, but we got home a little too early that I caught them in the act....and also Anthony ended up telling me about it anyway, that loser. 

He's more than just my boyfriend, he has become one of my closest and bestest friends, even if he refuses to fist bump me. We've accumulated so many inside jokes over the course of our relationship, like "It's FUCKING MOLTEN" "Lemon Water" and so on. "As You Should" being our latest one lol. He's quiet to most people, but he's his truest self around me and I couldn't love him anymore than I already do. I can be myself one hundred percent when I'm around him. He loves me even when I act like a brat or a crybaby. He doesn't mind the weird sound effects I make or when I call him a "poop head." I've grown completely comfortable with him and can be myself 100%. I can't even recall when I realized I fell in love with just happened.

This past year has been a challenging one for the two of us for sure. But regardless of the struggles we face or the arguments we go through, at the end of the day I know that I don't want to be with anyone else but him. We are still figuring out our future plans together and working out all the small details. Anthony always says that if we're going to do it, we're going to do it right. No rush and definitely no regrets. I know I can be really impatient and selfish with wanting you all to myself, but in a relationship (especially a long distance one) there's no room for selfishness. But you can't help a girl for wanting someone all to herself, right? 

Our first one thousand days together. We had our bad days, but more good than bad. We fight and we struggle, but we both know that we want to have each other in our lives. No matter how difficult it is, if we managed to make it work for one thousand days, what's another thousand? Like I said, I know I can get impatient or cranky, but what person wouldn't be okay with being away from their significant other for so long? Yes, I get tired of having to countdown how many more days until we get to see each other again, but if I have to I will. I just can't wait until we can count down the days until we no longer have to be apart. I love and appreciate all that you do for me and for us, even if I don't show it sometimes. I love you, ya stinky butt. And I'm glad you love me too. As you should. 

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