So you know the Grey's episode where the conversation consists of "seriously?" back and forth? That was my conversation with Clay the night we found out he had a job offer. It doesn't sound that bad, except for it was 2 days after we closed on our house in Pickens and the job was in Atlanta. 2 days. Perfect timing...just perfect.
We knew all along there was a potential job offer that may come available in the future. Little did we know, it was going to be sooner rather than later. We were just so excited about owning our own home that we let it overshadow the fact that maybe we should wait and see what happens with this job. It may seem like we had a really tough decision to make, but we didn't. The job came with a 50% pay raise and is one step away from the job he ultimately wants. In this economy, you can't exactly tell someone no when they come to you. It wasn't hard for me to tell him he should take the job, regardless if I knew I would only see him an hour in the evenings before he had to go to bed every day, or not at all if he chose to get a place in Atlanta. I just knew that the job was exactly what he wanted and that he would be happy there. If he's happy, I'm happy, no matter how far away he is.
Distance seems to be a recurring theme throughout our relationship. At first, he was at Clemson, I was at PC. Next, I was in Mauldin, SC and he was in Fayetteville, NC. Then, I was in Greenville and he was in Columbus, Ga. When we got married, he immediately got a job offer with a company out of Piedmont, and even though it wasn't what he wanted and the pay wasn't great, we jumped at the chance to actually live with each other and not 4 hours away. Now it seems as if he is going to have to find a place in Atlanta. We thought he might could deal with the 5 hours of driving every day, but it's just too exhausting. So once again, we are probably going to be apart...which I don't wish on ANY couple. I do believe that distance makes the heart grow fonder and that everything will be the way it should be, eventually. Maybe we should have added "no matter how far" to our vows...
All I know is I love this man and would do anything and go anywhere for him.