July 24, 2009

A Love Story

Today a very special guy moved away. We met in Rome in the fall of 2005 when, fresh out of college, I followed a dream, packed my bags and moved to Italy. We used to ride around Rome like this. He tried to teach me to drive the motorino on a few occasions, but all I could do was scream at the sound of the engine. So he stuck to driving and I held on tight.

We met on the corner of what would be my new building just three hours after my plane had landed. I was getting out of the taxi with all my luggage and he was getting home from work with a grey suit and tie. From that moment on we were inseparable.

We spent two years living, loving, struggling, growing, and discovering in Rome. Then, when I was ready to move back to the US and he accepted an offer to earn his MBA in the States, we moved to Chicago. We spent another two years living, loving, growing, discovering, and still inseparable in our new city.
After those next two irreplaceable years, he graduated just this past June. He is talented and intelligent and so the jobs and recruiters soon began to call. But the offer and decision we discerned was best for him and me has taken him away from Chicago. So, for the first time in four years, we are divided... but not alone.

"i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)" - e.e. cummings

Have a lovely weekend. See you Monday. xoxo Crystal

30 comments:

ms. less is always more said...

gives me goosebumps and a small sad face. hopefully this story is "to be continued..."

cassandra @ coco+kelley said...

i loved that you shared this - such romance could only involve a little italian love, of course ;) good luck my dear!!

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

Oh, Crystal! What a beautiful story. My eyes have totally welled up reading it. Thanks for sharing this. My hubby and I had a long distance relationship too and it was hard at times but now we're an old married couple. I wish you both well.

an old fashioned girl said...

It's so romantic...

eva ravenstein said...

such a lovely story, thanks for sharing...

fantastic said...

this story is so lovely...your writing style is fabulous--best of luck to the both of you, i'm sure there is a very beautiful future ahead of you both ;)

ps. btw, i saw your tweet abt him, and i love his name--have always wanted to name a child that :)

Little Rus said...

Beautiful story, beautiful photos and I love that poem, too. Have a lovely weekend, sweetheart. x

Shannon said...

What a romantic story! My fiance and I have done long distance for the past 8 years. It is definitely difficult, but there is nothing like seeing him there waiting for me at the airport.

Plush Palate said...

Awww, thank you girls for all your lovely comments. You all are the sweetest!

xoxo Crystal

Blair said...

Oh, you just gave me goosebumps! xx

monica said...

wat a beautiful love story.

so touching and romantic

The Elegant Thrifter said...

Thank you for the kind comments. Isn't Rome a magical city? Hopefully, I'll be going to visit a friend who moved from Paris (my favorite place in the world), to Rome this fall.

I look forward to your posts, and I hope you enjoy THE FIND.

Stan

A French Cloud said...

kleenex in hand...i'm a mess...beautiful...i hope i can have this one day.

babypicturethis said...

This is such a beautiful story - across two beautiful cities!

Sounds like only the beginning of this love story..

x

Sarah Klassen said...

I can hardly see to type this. {little tears} A true romantic story of 2 people that are more than friends - lifetime friends :) It's everlasting memories like these that will hold your friendship in a truly special place.

Now that's beautiful*

Berry said...

This is such a bittersweet story! I sincerely hope it has a very happy ending! =)

Maggie May said...

This is absolutely charming. And as a poet, I looove that poem by Cummings...it's so magical

Bambola said...

That has to be one of the most PERFECT love stories I've ever heard. Just wonderfully sweet & innocent & adorable. You're very lucky...but I'm sure you knew that.

Bambola x

Heidi Lyn said...

I love your story; full of moments the most romantic novels are made of. I hope you've been detailing each breathtaking moment. Here's to all the beauty and romance to come!

cgw @ accidentally, kle said...

a beautiful post, and quote. i love your writing style.

dapper kid said...

This was so wonderfully beautiful :) You are so fantastically lucky. Hope you had a gorgeous weekend!

Brandon said...

Crystal, so beautiful is this story and so eloquently written. You have such an amazing talent for storytelling. Hoping for the best for the two of you.
XOX,
B

Arlene said...

What beautiful memories!

The Lil Bee said...

Oh my gosh, how heartbreaking. What a sweet and sad love story. It can't really be over...?

Vitania said...

ohh .. I am all teary eyed.. How very romantic. if it's meant to be, It'll be..

Have i mentioned how glad I am I found this - so glad..:-)

{this is glamorous} said...

such a beautiful post! hope the love story continues?

♥Simply Seductive said...

I'm a bit late, however just wanted to echo all the lovely comments; your story was personal and romantic, so inspiring.

All the very best (and thanks for the link love xo)

Sabrina said...

This is so incredibly romantic...

urbansardines said...

Can I just tell you that is my very favorite e.e. cummings line. So simple, and so beautiful. And with those images... whoa! Knocked me out!

urbansardines said...

And I've had a long distance relationship before, too! It's hard, but has some really sweet moments! Does this mean you get to go back to Italy to visit?

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