Long distance relationships in 2018 are more manageable than ever. There’s texting, calling, Skyping, GPS for easier car rides, and affordable plane travel. It’s tough, but doable. But it wasn’t that long ago that long distance relationships often meant spending months or even years apart and communicating only through letters. It’s not that long ago that we can’t remember, and understand what it must be like to be so far from the one you love. So, when Twitter user Macy shared her parents 20-year-old love letters that spanned their five years spent apart in China and the U.S., all the feels were felt by all of us onlookers. True love exists and we’re gonna need a minute.
Uploading pictures that show stacks of letters, Macy writes “My parents were in a long-distance relationship for a few years after my dad moved to the U.S., but they kept in touch through all these letters. Do you hear me crying?” We would hear you, Macy, but our own sobs are too loud.
my parents were in a long distance relationship for a few years after my dad moved to the u.s but they kept in touch through all these letters.. do you hear me crying pic.twitter.com/hBuxFCSKjv
— macy!! (@sumacy) August 9, 2018
Macy’s father moved to the U.S. to attend college at Purdue University, with her mother staying back in China. Macy said that her mother was pressured to leave her father and find someone local to date, but the couple remained devoted and were eventually reunited when her mother moved to the U.S.
from what they told me, my mom was still in china and everybody she knew was already married/had kids so they were all telling her to dump my dad and find someone closer and just get settled already but jokes on them haha
— macy!! (@sumacy) August 10, 2018
The pair just celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary and omg we’re sobbing. Sobbing! How does anyone live up to that?
a quick lil update: i told my parents about this tweet lol and my mom pulled out the letter i took a picture of to read and now she’s crying :’) they’ve set the bar too high how do i live up to this
— macy!! (@sumacy) August 11, 2018
Accumulating almost 40,000 retweets and 109,000 likes in less than a week, Macy’s story of her parents’ long-distance love has struck a chord on social media. Many users are now sharing their own stories and their parents’ stories of long distance love and the lost artform of letter writing.
Aw~! My parents were in a long distance relationship too, mailing love letters for 2 yrs. Here’s a picture of them on their honeymoon with two lion cubs (promoting a zoo.) ❤️ pic.twitter.com/OxvSlgKFab
— Lynne (@lynnewatanabe) August 11, 2018
My wife and I were also in a long distance relationship. We have the phone cards. Wife is an American. We got married because of 9/11.
— FWW, WW1, Great War. (@flanders1914) August 12, 2018
My parents started in a long distance relationship too and they’ve Been married 35 years. This is BEAUTIFUL 😭😭😭
— Beautifully Black (@CeeReeSpeaks) August 11, 2018
I have my parents love letters when they were working on separate continents while mum was pregnant with me. My dad died 4 months after I was born, and there’s a letter from him dated 3 days before he passed. It’s hard to read, but wonderful to see that love existed.
— Victoria (@kinkabilly) August 12, 2018
Same here, my parents separets u.s-indonesia for almost 10 years (but my father came home once a year). And i still wondering how can they manage their feeling? And i never get bored to read the old letter too.
— Hannisa Rizki R (@hannisacaca1) August 11, 2018
Adoring story. I do believe if two people who are in love are meant to be, no distance can pull them apart.
— TheTwinButterfly (@GymRatPCUrn) August 12, 2018
I wish people did letters again. You can really feel the person when you read them. People took time out of their day to tell you about the important stuff and we have reduced our communication to a snapshot out of our day that rarely reflects the actual reality of the situation.
— Saida (@SaidaSmith2) August 13, 2018
As a former long-distance relationship-er myself (Canada to U.S. for five and a half years), the plus side of being separated from your partner is that it forces you to learn how to communicate, whether that’s through letters, texts, or emails. But on the romantic communication scale, handwritten letters are definitely better than emojis.
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