When Charisma Jamison and Cole Sydnor first met at the Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers in Richmond, Va., Ms. Jamison noticed Mr. Sydnor working out and thought he was good looking. Mr. Sydnor, who is a quadriplegic, is paralyzed from the shoulders down with limited function in his arms and wrists.
“It was very easy to look past physical limitations being in my career,” said Ms. Jamison, who worked at the center as an inpatient rehab technician at the time. “And the fact that Cole was super attractive didn’t hurt.” The couple, who share the trials and triumphs of being in an interabled relationship on their YouTube channel, were married on Nov. 7 at the Virginia House in Richmond, Va.
For some singles, being ghosted by a would-be suitor is par for the course. For Jenna Klorfein, the writer of this week’s Modern Love essay, the sting of being cut off without an explanation during lockdown hit harder than in previous instances. After three months of dating, what she thought was a budding relationship suddenly ended just as the pandemic became a real threat. The loss of a potential partner during a time when distractions are limited intensified her feelings of rejection.
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The pandemic has changed the way we connect with loved ones, especially during the holiday season. While many traditions may be on pause this year, sending a greeting card with a heartfelt message to a friend, family member or even a crush is a great way to stay connected and spread some holiday cheer. (And, it’s one less thing we don’t have to give up.)