Awkward at First Sight

Australia Vacation 526I just returned from my journey down under and it was honestly one of the best things I’ve every done in life. Traveling by yourself can be incredibly stressful or scary for some people, so I was apprehensive when leaving for Sydney. I could not be any happier that I took that risk. My trip was action-packed and filled with time with Jay. The best part for me was re-connecting with him. It really reminded me of why we click so well together.

For as long as I can remember, Jay and I clicked. We share a wonderful sense of humor, a thirst for knowledge, and a little piece of awkwardness. One of my favorite memories of our relationship is from when we first admitted we were dating each other. I recently switched my major and needed to take a summer class at college. The campus was pretty much empty and I knew few people around so I spent a lot of the time chatting or Skyping with Jay. One night we talked for hours about anything and everything. Next thing I knew it was 6am. Our conversation hit a point where we were just staring at each other on the video feed. That is when it hit me…were we dating?

We had never discussed the nature of our relationship before. Both of us had definitely noticed we’d become a lot closer in recent months. There were some definite signs that we liked each other on that other level….but we had never mentioned it. So I braved up the courage to ask him in my deliriously sleepy state. After a minute or so of just looking at each other I asked, “Sooo….what are we?” He looked at me for a few seconds before replying, “I think we’re dating, yea!” And thus began our official relationship. I love thinking back on that moment because it shows how awkward and silly we were from the start of the relationship. Not too much has changed since then. We are still incredibly goofy and light-hearted with our interactions, but we have gotten slightly less awkward with that emotional stuff. This is easily one of the most memorable moments prior to the distance even though we have a long list of amazing memories together.

As for the best memory during the distance? There are a few contenders. Seeing Jay for the first time in 6 months was an amazing feeling. It brought us back to that awkward stage, neither of us knowing what to say to each other. We just stared at each other and repeated “hi” over and over again until the situation felt real. We were so taken back by the reality of the visit that we couldn’t figure out how to act with each other.

Another moment I’m not likely to forget occurred during that visit. It wasn’t the most glamorous, but I spent the first part of Valentine’s Day in the emergency room. Jay was incredibly helpful and sweet the entire time which made recovery a lot better. It was nice to see how he reacts during serious situations since we are often so goofy. He really proved how much he cares about me.

But wait…there’s more! I just got back from my visit to Jay. It was an incredible trip. We spent all 10 days adventuring together and really enjoying each other’s company. It felt amazing living with each other for that short time. It felt like there was never distance between us, like we had lived together for years. Every aspect of that trip as part of a loving memory I will cherish forever.

I am sure there are much more memories to come, but this was a short snapshot into my favorite moments with Jay. For us, it really is the little things that mean the most. Whether it’s reflecting on our awkwardness together or remembering a silly thing we did with each other all of our memories lead to a shared laugh or a smile.

Inspired by this LDR Writing Prompt: Love Memory


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