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The little things that matter

Priscilla Du Preez

You might not think much about the things you have in your life before suddenly not having those things anymore. In a long-distance relationship you find yourself in this situation, constantly missing something. And it is not like you miss some crazy extravaganza romantic gestures. Nope. You miss the normal stuff.

It is actually kind of funny to find yourself missing just running everyday errands together like going to the grocery store. How awesome would it be to walk over to the store hand-in-hand and discuss options for dinner? Maybe end up having a hangry bicker over whether or not to buy dessert? Ok, maybe that does not sound like fun but right now I would happily change all the bicker-free yummies I’ve bought alone for the time spent squabbling over them together. Life is just too boring without someone challenging your opinions!

But being in a long-distance relationship does not mean that you cannot share these small everyday things, albeit the bittersweet feel to it. Of course, I would rather go to a store with my partner but it brings me joy to share my grocery shopping through videos and pictures of random products. Also, my boyfriend must have at least a thousand pictures of the same scenery as I am very keen on documenting the weather every morning on my walk to work. I have heard no complaints, so I intend to continue with it! And in return, my phone gets filled with photos of him cleaning and watering the plants. I honestly think I know the state of his house plants better now than I used to when we lived together.

In any relationship, it is easy to take a lot of things for granted or label them as mundane. The importance of these little things becomes excruciatingly evident when you lose them and have to find your own workarounds to deal with them. But going through these feelings makes me appreciate the small things so much more, and it feels so amazing when you get to experience them again. It is like living the early days of your relationship again with the tickling excitement and giddiness!

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