Not falling apart at the seams even a little.
Exactly four years ago yesterday,
Nick and I were on opposite ends of the country. I was with family in Nanaimo, BC, looking at enormous prehistoric trees. Nick was on his first (I think!) East Coast Canadian tour. We missed each other maybe more than we had expected. During one of our long distance phone calls we decided that all the casual sex we’d been having should be a relationship after all.
By now, it feels completely natural that feelings of missing someone and caring about them would be intertwined in this way. Back then, I had maybe heard Nick’s bands maybe one time each – I had no clue that I was getting myself into some serious long distance romance territory.
Looking back, it seems absolutely fitting that we decided to be “together” when we were about as far apart as you can get while still being in the same country. Last summer, The Burning Hell did a Canadian tour right after a European one and I remember feeling like Nick had come “home” even tho we weren’t even in the same province or time zone. But his cell phone worked again. Text messaging wonders! Distance is so relative.
I think that yesterday was the first anniversary we have ever spent together in person – that guy has been on tour every summer since 2008. We didn’t do anything particularly special but I think we still were feeling that time spent together is such a luxury. I knit while Nick recorded some video for Exclaim! TV and then we had some roti & some lattes and got stuck in rush hour traffic together. Sexy!
I’ve been saying that at this point I have an honours degree in “Ferriology” and by that I mean – this relationship has taken a lot of work and a lot of learning. It has survived a lot of strain and distance. We have tried all sorts of things to make the time apart feel easier and more fun, and at this point – I feel like we are getting it right. I feel proud as fuck about it. I feel like the two of us can do almost anything together, and that includes being able to handle being apart.
I need a partner who has huge passions and big goals. Nick needs to play music. We need each other’s support. & in the summer at least, that means sending a lot of emails and making a lot of video chat dates. & looking forward to the fall when we can get back to ordering pizzas, cuddling up on the couch, and watching an astronomical amount of football.
We’ll meet up again a day or two before Sappyfest. I’m so super excited to rekindle our Sackville love affair. That whole festival feels like a really long & really special date where all of our friends are invited and all of our favourite bands are playing.
But in the meantime:
I’m doing so, so great.
Every time Nick tells someone that he is away until August 1st, people look pityingly and curiously at me. I think there is a perception that truly great love can or should replace rock and roll. I used to feel that perhaps if I was even more awesome, or if we “really” loved each other, we would be together the full year through.
But honestly, I think I need these summers apart to recharge, to spend time being the introvert I truly am, to make crafts, to spend late summer nights out with my friends. I’m looking forward to all of this stuff. I have a great new roommate. I have an overwhelming list of homebody projects to accomplish. Nick is spending lots of time in Finland and the closest I will get is probably Ikea (not even the same country, get it!)
The relationship I was in before this one ended because I really felt that I needed more time to just be myself, to do my own thing, to spend with friends, to find out what I can accomplish on my own. I thought that I needed to be single to do that, but in fact, this relationship gives that to me AND lets me be super in love at the same time.
I’m really proud of us.
Love you Nick. Have the most satisfying summer that you can manage. Stay safe. Don’t get arrested. Write a lot of songs for me.