-By Warner Todd Huston
The Chicago Tribune has a fun story about how Sandra Smith of Fox Business Network was able to parlay a long distance relationship into a solid marriage and a new baby soon to arrive. So, it can work folks.
The story by the Trib’s Wendy Donahue gives us the heartwarming story of Smith and her hubby John Conolly whose relationship carried them from New York, to splitting between New York and Chicago, and ultimately back to New York and all the hectic schedules, constant jetting back and forth, and the tight schedules that entails.
I, for one, always imagined that long distance relationships are nigh-on impossible, but Conolly and Smith actually made it work.
The pair met when they worked for First Business News at CME Group in New York–where both got their start in TV. But it wasn’t long before John’s career had him going was off to Chicago while Sandra’s career kept her in the Big Apple.
But they kept up their relationship regardless. In fact, it grew deeper.
“Thus began our long-distance relationship,” Smith told the Trib. “I was on a plane almost every Friday night. Flight delays, snowy weather, tight time schedules made it very challenging. But not once did John complain. He has always been so supportive of my career and goals. He fell in love with my family, and I his. We’d see friends. We’d go to church on Sunday. I was still a lector at Holy Name. There was a lot to squeeze in.”
Finally, in 2010, the pair got married at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral and ultimately Conolly’s career took him back to New York where the pair are now expecting their first baby.
As Donahue writes,
“And we were finally together,” Sandra said. With homes in both cities, they typically fly together, spending one week a month, plus the weekends on either side, in Chicago. Now they are expecting their first child, a girl, on their wedding anniversary. This month they settle in for the birth and maternity leave here.
So, a long distance relationship can win out in the long run.Good for them and we wish them well.
Hope for many and we wish Smith and Conolly good luck.