Hello everyone, today I’m going to share my ongoing illustration series “Our Life Together."
I have named this series “Our Life Together” which is a series of illustrations depicting me and my husband’s life together. I am very lucky to have met a man who is kind, humorous, sincere and wonderful. He’s always loving and looking out for me, well FYI I’m super nice to him as well haha. He never hides his feelings and is always honest but sensible. He treats me with respect and cares for me with warmth.
在結婚之前，我們的遠距離戀愛持續了 5 年之久，這份感情雖然不容易，但是卻很值得，這中間有些起起伏伏，但是我們都努力一起走過，結婚對我們來說不容易，因為我們來自不同的國家，這裡說的不是文化認知的困難，而是行政手續的繁複冗贅，光是申請的手續就等了大半年、文件的翻譯、審核和認證更是耗時許久，從我們開始準備文件到真正走進比利時市政府登記花了將近八個月。我們拿到結婚證書的那天，除了喜悅，更多的是一種放鬆，感覺像是從遠距離戀愛研究所博士畢業一樣。
We had a long distance relationship for 5 years before we finally got married. It was not easy but it was worth every moment. There were ups and downs but we went through all the thick and thin together. It was not easy for us to get married, either since we are from different countries. It took us almost months to go through all the paper work, long wait and legal procedures. When we finally became husband and wife we felt like we have completed a doctor degree in Long Distance Relationship.
這段感情說來話長，但如果你正在遠距，希望可以得到一些過來人的建議，那我會說「支持、體諒和誠實以對」是非常重要的，最重要的是你們在這段遠距的時間裡，必須要有確切的相聚計劃，譬如說每幾個星期、幾個月真正碰面一次，或是每年一定要聚在一起多久等，不管時間再短，這種相聚對兩個人的感情維繫很是重要。在這 5 年之中，有的暑假我去找他、有的假期他來找我，中間還有兩次將近 10 個月的時間，他搬到臺灣來生活，我們為了彼此的學業和生活都做出了努力，也在這五年內累積了很多很棒、很重要的回憶。
It was a long story but if I have to give advice to anyone who are in such relationship and want to make it work, I would say that you should be always supportive of each other, be considerate and honest with each other. Most importantly you two have to have plans to meet and spend real time together every year, albeit a few weeks or a few months. We managed and made effort to meet and spend quality time and create a great deal of fond memories in this 5 years.
Since I’m an illustrator and am capable of turning my memories into real illustrations, I decided to make this series and dedicate it to our life together and our love. These illustrations might be scenes of us being together, things we say to each other or just how we interact with each other in our daily life.
Now let’s look at these illustrations and more will be added to this series in the future. This is also a collaboration between me and my husband. I draw and he writes the captions.
1. 那些你對我說的話－Things You Say to Me
2. 慵懶的星期日下午－A Lazy Sunday Evening.
3. 冬季裡的薑茶－Ginger Tea in the Winter
4. 生病－In Sickness
5. 怕冷的太太－When She’s Shivering
6. 早起新造型－New Style in the Morning
After seeing this series of creation, my mom wanted a picture of her and my dad so much, so I drew this for them. They love going out and hiking together so I think this is very cute!
I feel so happy and loved when creating these illustrations. They make me smile and remind me of how lucky I am.
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