I have been dating a man that lives just an hour away from me. This sounds like nothing compared to some of your stories, but the distance is still there. I am very fortunate that we see each other every other weekend and at least one weeknight for dinner. I have a school age child and his are much older. So I start to think down the road about us being together long term and the distance worries me. I guess I should feel fortunate for only an hours drive, but it still makes it hard. It would be so nice to have him close and we could see each more often. But I guess we all deal with that in a LDR. He is a truly wonderful man and I am very happy with him. I have learned that open communication and honesty is what helps the most.