Just remember: this is a note, not a Talmudic passage to be read and re-read for every hidden nuance, message and subtext.
(Being overly analytical can be a real burden here.) If you have an issue to resolve, try to do it over the phone or in person. To cut down phone costs, try calling your Beloved One when you know he or she won't be in – and leave a "thinking of you" message on voice mail.
and I was sure he'd been hit by a bus and that's why he couldn't get to the phone. What had actually happened was that the nine-hour time difference got in the way. Remember this: missing a day (36 hours in my case) does not indicate relationshipial jeopardy.
These were called "letters." You can also send care packages and little gifts, or peruse the selection of sicky sweet cards at your local Hallmark store.
Building a new relationship is a whole lot harder than maintaining an existing one.
The easiest one to weather is the temporary shift – if you're committed to the relationship, you just have to figure out a way to survive six difficult months. You can ease a lot of long-term discomfort and confusion by defining your expectations in advance.
For instance, unless you're looking for a casual, non-exclusive relationship, at some point, one of you is going to have to move.
That can add a whole lot of stress to your already strained couplehood. Are you evaluating whether one of you will move, and if so, does that mean marriage?
But simple companionship and connectedness is often the meat and bones of a relationship – and you still have to prepare yourself for the absence of his or her warmth, smile and all the wonders of non-verbal communication.