I met eugine in 2001 when i was volunteering for an ngo in zambia. i was placed in a tiny village to work on a health and sanitation campaign and he was placed in the same village as a civil servant to the zambian government, a veterinarian. we fell in love, but doubted that the relationship could ever materialize due to distance and the fact that he had no phone/computer, nothing. But after i left zambia we kept in touch for 6 months until we decided that he needed to apply for a visitors visa to see the u.s. and to get to know my culture and family before we could commit to marriage. in march 2002 he was denied his b2 and we were devastated. our communication lapsed for sometime, not really knowing the next step for us. i wasn't ready to get married. with eugine still in the back of my mind, but still needing time to develop as an individual, i ended up joining the peace corps and was placed in south africa in 2003. eugine and i started communicating again, and realized that for the year we had lapsed, we had just fallen more in love. we saw each other a few times while i was serving in south africa and despite plenty of challenges getting in both of our ways, we decided that our love would last forever. i saw him last in march 2005 and i'm counting the days until i will see him again. communication is so tough because the post seems to steal/lose letters and even though he has a phone now, service is so poor. but our love will make it. it always has and always will. i love the person i am when i'm with him and i can't wait until i wake up next to him every morning. life is too short to pine away for him and to compare everyone i meet to the man i want to marry. eugine i love you.