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It was May 12th 2003, and my friend Krystel imed me online asking if I wanted to meet someone looking for a girlfriend. I had just gotten out of a long-term relationship in early January and I definitely had some reservations about it. But I figured I needed to move on and get on with my life without my ex-boyfriend. So I replied yes and soon a new IM message popped up saying, "Hi, My name's Jay...Just wanted to say hi." I thought it was so dorky but I figured id answer anyway. What was the worst that could happen right? Well we talked that night for about 2 hours and every night for the next two weeks online. I really felt a sense of connection with him, I found myself liking someone id never even met. All my friends were dating or trying to date friends of his so we figured it would be fine and we all planned a huge group outing for us to meet. I was so nervous going to his school that day to watch his school's boys volleyball team play.
When I got there with my friend we sat in the bleachers and I took off my coat. Immediately, I saw a boy walking over to us, and I guessed it was he. Not exactly the boy I had imagined, of course every girl imagines that tall dark and handsome guy, but Jay was just fine with me. My friend introduced us now in person and we just sat there, it was real hard to make conversation now facing him than looking at a screen. We started talking and we stayed for the whole game. When it was over my friend and her boyfriend as well as Jay and me went out. It was May but it was real cold out and Jay let me wear his coat, which I thought was really sweet, which is what sealed my decision to try "us" out. We ended up going back to his house and sharing our first kiss, as I was about to leave. It was a great night and when I went home we talked for hours online. That's when everything took off really. We were "seeing" each other for about 2 to 3 weeks before we finally made ourselves "exclusive" on May 24th 2003.
We spent close to every possible moment with each other after that. I found out then that he had planned to leave in November for the Airforce and I was convinced that was so far away that I didnt need to worry yet. I mean at the time we'd only been together for a few weeks, I didnt even know if this would last that long. But it did. I've never had so much fun with someone as I had when I was with him. We had food fights, went to 6Flags, and we would sometimes just spend an entire day just doing nothing together. He was not only my boyfriend but also my best friend in the whole world. I could tell him anything and I felt completely comfortable with him. I realized I was in love with Jay early in the relationship. I'd never ever felt this way before and I loved every minute of it. School ended and he graduated and we were slowly facing him leaving.
Then one day in early July we got a shock, I was at his house for the day when the phone rang and it was his recruiter. He offered him a job if he wanted to leave in a month. We sat and considered it for awhile, he talked to his family and he decided not to go. I was so relieved. I dont think I realized till then that I would die if he left so soon. I couldnt handle it. But yet, the next day was one of the worst days ever. He got another phone call from his recruiter, with another job. This was his dream job though, to actually fly the planes. He immediately called me, the recruiter said he would have to leave that week. I told him, despite my need to have him there, to go. This was his dream; I could never ever allow myself to stand in his way. So when he called his recruiter back to say he'd go. He was told he was leaving the next day. It was the hardest thing ever for all of us. His family was so sad, as was I. we all went out to eat and I spent my night there as everyone came to say goodbye. I kept crying. I didnt want him to leave. I spent the next morning talking to him. And he called me later that day before he boarded the plane. He was off to Lackland, Texas for 6 weeks of training. He called me a few times while he was there and we sent letters almost every day.
The first few weeks I just continually cried until I heard from him on the phone after 2 weeks. I jumped up and down I was crying and smiling and the happiest person on the planet. I knew that we'd be fine. I became almost best friend with the mailman in those weeks. We wrote religiously for those 6 weeks.
And at the end of his training I got to go see him. I made the 36 our drive down to his airforce base with his family to watch him graduate. I loved seeing him then. I hardly got to be near him because it was the rules but the little I did was amazing. I knew we could do it as long as he was stationed near me once he got his final assignment. I loved him so much and I wanted nothing more than him to be mine forever. I took 2 whole roles of film of those 3 days, and I still cherish every memory. He got his assignment for the rest of his training while we were there and he had to stay in Texas for awhile before he headed off to Washington.
There have definitely been some bumps on our road. Although both of us have had thoughts of ending this permanately, because it gets so hard, we both know we couldnt do it. We talk as much as possible and he knows that no matter where the road leads us, i will always love him. He's my first love and I will never forget him. He comes home on December 20th and I cant wait to see him, I hope that we can do this, and I love him always, he'll be my first and last love.
Kristin, CT, USA
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