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First of all I would like to thank you for the inspiration your books have brought me and I'd also like you to know that you've given me more hope than I have ever asked for. My story starts with a cute little crush that happened when I was about 10 years old. I was introduced to the daughter of a family friend whom I had never met before. I just thought she was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen; of course what did I know? I was 10, about to hit puberty, and infatuated. Morgan, the princess in my eyes, and her parents stayed with my family for about a week.
The entire week we were connected at the hip. We had so much fun and who knew we both had little crushes on eachother. We exchanged phone numbers and Screen Names, keeping in touch for a couple months after she left. Of course we lost touch as we both had very different lives in very different places. Our talking didn't continue, but our connection did. About once or twice a year they would come down and Morgan and I would jump right back into the great chemistry that started it all. Eventually I told her how I felt and she admitted to feeling the same, but our situation ruined hope for our little "crush".
Her home being in Lafayette, Indiana and mine being here in Orlando, Florida. It also didn't help that she was involved at the time, but even though we weren't "together", we were still great friends and kept in touch occasionally. I was about 12 when her family took a vacation over the summer to come stay with us a few weeks. We had our usual amazing time and she even gave me my first kiss. I decided I couldn't take having these feelings come and go; I had to give her an ultimatum. I told her that I wanted to be with her and I would be willing to do it long distance. She explained to me that it would just be too hard. She also had a boyfriend at the time and figured that since he already lives close to her it would be better for her. That tore me down to shreds and we stopped talking for the longest time.
We both dated people and still saw eachother a couple times a year, having the same fun we always do. We didn't, however, talk as much after we would leave eachother. I went on a "Morgan Strike" if you will. And even though I dated other people somehow Morgan would randomly pop up in my mind now and again. I couldn't quite get her out of my head regardless of what I did or who I dated. I chose to ignore it and the summer of my freshman year she came to visit. I was involved with someone at the time and Morgan confessed that she couldn't stop thinking about me. She told me that she loved me. I'm not sure if it was because I didn't totally believe it was true or if I just didn't want to be hurt again, but as much as I felt the same feelings for her, I denied it. I pushed her away and had to watch her drive away with different tears in her eyes than usual. It hurt her so bad, but she'll never know how much it hurt me. The rest of that year we didn't really talk at all, but no matter what went on in my Floridian life, Morgan seemed to rule the thoughts in my head.
Last Summer I stopped my denial and confessed to her the love I have for her. How lucky I am that she didn't give up on her feelings. We had an amazing time that June and I promised never to hold back again. Watching her leave that time must have been one of the hardest things to do. As the summer continued I jokingly said I was coming to visit her for a week. We both joked about it, but then one day I did some research on plane tickets and decided I was going to spend the money and go stay with her family for the last week of summer. To my surprise it all worked out and it had to of been the best summer of my life. I got to meet her friends, sample her life, and actually be a part of it. When it was over, amazingly I wasn't upset. I had gotten the most out of the trip; a trip I never even expected to get. It's now been 5 months and we've kept in touch nonstop. We chat online almost everynight and when things are busy I make a point of it to call her and let her know how much she means to me. Many people criticize us for our feelings saying we are only children and we don't know what we're talking about.
I would agree with them at age 10; however, I am old enough now to realize what love is and if this isn't it, I don't even want to experience love because there is no way it would compare to what I have with Morgan. 5 months ago we officially became together and we are both experiencing a true long distance relationship. It is hard, and some days are harder than others, but when I start to doubt myself I just take a deep breathe and realize that everything will be okay soon. For a long time I felt a hole in my heart, but with her in my life, that hole is filled. Your books have given me hope that things will work out; it has connected me with all the people in long distance relationships. There are more of us than I thought.
We'll beoff to college in about a year, but we're trying to find a way to be together and I have faith that eventually everything will work out. We give eachother strength which sometimes is desperately needed. I hope I have reached out to hearts the way your books have reached out to mine. Now, I would just like to send a message to everyone in a LDR: Stick with it; Love conquers all. Don't try to do it alone, because two hearts are better than one.
James, Florida, USA
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