Our expert says:
All relationships are difficult, and long-distance ones more so. Maybe try to rediscover the lost art of writing letters, either long-hand, the old way, or e-mail. It sounds as though he is more absorbed in his work during such absences, and thus less lonely than you seem to be. You can't join him because you, perfectly reasonably, value your own job committments, and vice versa. Does this HAVE to be an awful ordeal ? Is it clear this would be his last major absence, or are more possible ?
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