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Distance makes the heart grow fonder

By Stephanie Hodder

In March of 2007, I met my now husband, Mark. He asked me on a date the night we met and we started dating the very next day! Just a couple of weeks later, I received an acceptance letter to spend my four and a half month teaching internship in Phuket, Thailand. I was leaving August 12 and would by return until Christmas. I wasn't sure if Mark would be very happy about this! Instead, when I went to visit him (I was studying in St. John's and he was living in Corner Brook), he had a huge bouquet of flowers for me to say congratulations because he knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. When the time came to leave, I shed lots of tears, unsure if I was about to do something that could ruin our relationship. I quickly learned that Mark was willing to make the effort it would take to overcome the time apart, the long distance between us and th huge time difference which made it difficult to communicate sometimes! As the time came closer for me to return, we discussed our relationship plans. We decided that I would move to Corner Brook to teach and we could be together again. I left Bangkok on December 23; having spent the day sunbathing by the hotel pool in 38 degree Celsius heat! When arriving in Toronto, the cold was certainly a shock! Our next flight to Newfoundland was even delayed by snow in St. John's!! Mark had driven all the way from Corner Brook to St. John's to pick me up - even though I would only see him for a few hours before heading to Burin for Christmas with my parents. When my flight finally landed, I was including excited to see him! He was waiting for me right at the bottom of the steps outside arrivals! It was a wonderful reunion after our time apart! Knowing he was willing to come across the province in the middle of winter and wait for my weather delayed flight meant a lot to me! I moved to Corner Brook a couple of weeks later and have been here ever since! We have been married for almost 7 years now and have two wonderful children, a daughter who is four and a son, just two months old! We have had many more airport in the decade since my return to Canada, but now they are usually us traveling together! :)

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