One of the more significant changes in my life over the last few years is that my husband has gone off to seminary. This has brought many wonderful people, places, and experiences into our family.
He’s been at seminary for a year and a half already. It’s only a few hours away, so I can go visit reasonably frequently. In addition to those visits, we’ve used technology to stay connected. Several nights each week the three of us (Doug, Bill, and I) have had dinner together using video chat tools. We don’t have to coordinate the food, just the timing.
At the end of the evening, Bill and I were usually chatting on-line so we could say “good night”. We also frequently started the day with a quick “good morning” video chat.
This is different.
For the next four and one half months, Bill will be studying in Hong Kong; literally “on the other side” of the planet. (He’s blogging about his trip at http://stillandsmall.tumblr.com.) I can’t just hop in the car for 3 hours to “pop up” and visit him at school. However, we’ll still be able to video chat on a daily basis, as we have been doing.
Previously, we might chat a few times at the end of the day, and maybe a few times in the morning. We discovered that we needed to indicate to one another when it was the final chat. ”Is this ‘good night’, then?” ”Yep, this is good night. See you in the morning.” Or in the mornings, “Ok, I have to run. We’ll talk tonight.”
Since in Hong Kong his night is my morning, and vice versa, this language wasn’t going to work as well. So, we chose another way to indicate we’re done for the cycle. We now say “Catch you on the other side.”
So, I’m off to bed, and he’s starting his day. We’ll catch up again on the other side.