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Love Letters

She wants a break

Q. I have been in a long-distance relationship for more than two years. I live in Boston while she lives four hours away. We met in Boston, which is where we both grew up and eventually would like to settle. We are both in our mid-20s and like to consider that we have a lot of life experience and are mature young adults with good heads. When we first started dating, we were unsure of our future because she would be leaving for grad school in just a few months. We decided to just see what happens and then realized that we didn’t care about the distance; we are in love and would make it work.

We have discussed settling down together, marriage and children. I am confident that she is the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with and she also feels the same way. We would aim to see each other at least two weekends of the month. It was working — things seemed to be going just fine. The plan was that after she graduated (two years), she would come back home. As in life, things didn’t go as planned, and due to her career she must stay now for an additional two years after graduation. A bummer, but again, we are madly in love and said we will make it work.

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