By Carol Gachiengo
You both try to extend the goodbye hug, which you’ve agreed is not really goodbye but ‘see you later’, kwaheri ya kuonana. The announcement for final check-in repeats, again and you reluctantly part, a brave smile pasted on your face. You want your spouse to remember you with a smiling face, not as a fearful wreck, which may be what you’re really feeling inside. You wave goodbye once more through the airport window as your spouse heads to the check-in area which only travelers can access, then head home to begin your long distance marriage journey.
Take courage! No one dreams of or plans for being in a long distance marriage, but life has a way of giving us circumstances that we never bargained for. Perhaps your spouse is transferred to another town or another country for work, and the two of you have to consider and decide whether the whole family can go. You may seriously need both incomes and so can’t give up either job. You may have a child sitting exams shortly who cannot be uprooted, or there may simply not be an appropriate school for the children in the new place.