“When two hearts are meant for each other,
no distance is too far,
no time too long
and no other love can break them apart.”
There was something special about Julian and Margarette the moment we first met them. Being one of the first clients that chose to work with us, Julian and Margarette displayed not only true affection for each other, but also their special love story.
Julian first met Margarette at a prayer meeting held by their church in one of their homes. “My first impression was just towards his very thick, round glasses,” Margarette recalled. She didn’t notice him at first, but from that gathering, the two started to talk. “She seemed cynical,” Julian said about his first impression on her. “But never judge a book by its cover is definitely right.”
What we remember most about the story between these two, is the strength of their love throughout the time they were embarking on a long-distance relationship. There is a 3-hour time difference between Melbourne and Makassar, but the two made it work. However, this was a long while ago, counting back years to when they were both still at a high school age. Times were different then, and surely, technology weren’t as evolved.
So what was their means of communication during that time, you ask? None other than your typical pay-phones.
Aside from MSN, which was also a popular messaging outlet back in the day, Julian and Margarette also shared many conversations through phone booths they’d often use. If you’re familiar with using phone booths—the ones that have been around since decades ago—you would know that it’s solely coin-operated, with its loud dial tone and clanky mechanisms. Julian and Margarette shared with us how they had would call each other using these phones, putting in coins every few minutes just to buy a few more words to hear from their loved one’s voice.
We find this as a special aspect of their story; not just the charming sense of novelty this story holds, but also the resilience of a love that has stayed intact after so many years together. Now, Julian still has no problem listing the things he loves about Margarette. “She is trustworthy and reliable,” he says, “she’s caring and passionate on every single thing.” As for Margarette, the little things about Julian continues to colour the days they spend together. “He hates eating fish, and he loves getting back scratches,” she lovingly jokes. “He also loves horror/crime movies, and he’d ask why? potentially a hundred times, until his curiosities are answered!” she describes.
An alumni of RMIT, Margarette was living in Melbourne when they had to endure their relationship against distance’s challenges, but sure enough, they conquered it the whole way through.
May we all find a love as valuable as this. One that withstands time and distance, remains strong and perseveres, and enlivens itself in even the smallest, most endearing details.