I thought it wouldn't hurt to IM him, ask
a few questions to pass the time and then be gone. Little did I know
that I had come across the most amazing person. His name was Ryan and
instantly we became friends. The second he signed on I was overcome with
happiness and wasted no time in IMing him. I was traveling back and
forth from Florida to North Carolina and he was traveling back and forth
from college to home. We began thinking of each other as "traveling"
friends. We could take each other anywhere! He became a huge part of my
life and I shared everything with him. In April 2001 we had both felt
that our relationship had grown to a little more than friendship. Unable
to take it to the next step we tried to say goodbye, telling ourselves
it wouldn't work. We didn't last a week without each other!
Emails and IMs quickly brought him back
into my life, but this time as my boyfriend! We became inseparable and
close over the summer. In August when he got back to college we started
talking on the phone. On weekends he would call from his cell phone for
2, sometimes 3 hours at the time. During the week we'd talk quickly from
his cell phone, or I would buy a two hour phone card and use it in one
phone call. We both realized that this was no way to continue our
relationship, we needed to grow in real life too, so we decided to meet.
After growing used to the idea, discussing what we would be nervous
about, our expectations and hopes of meeting he purchased a ticket.
We met on February 1, 2002. I was
visiting my grandparents in Florida and he flew down. The second he
stepped from behind the security stand I wasn't nervous or anything. My
aunt, mother, brother and cousin had also come to the airport so it was
hard to carry on a private conversation but we managed. It was just like
online! The closeness, trust and attraction was all there! We spent a
wonderful two days together that I will never forget. Saying bye was
awful, but we knew we would see each other soon. Being back online now
is hard at times now that we have shared the physical part of the
relationship. Talking on the phone with him makes me mad because I want
to SEE him talking and laughing.
Emails and IMs don't seem as magical now
that I've looked into his eyes and hugged him. But we are still close as
ever, if not more than before. We know that we have a strong
relationship that can make it through anything. He's coming to spend his
Spring Break with me. Six whole days with him in the beginning of March!
I can hardly wait, I'm counting down the days. When I look back I'm
shocked at how minute our chance meeting was. It terrifies me that I met
him only by browsing through sites. If I had not gone to his site, I
would have never met this amazing person whom I love so much. It is for
this reason I KNOW that I belong with him and that what we share was
meant to be.
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