Hugs were exchanged, as well as tears. I started crying when I hugged her, but in a way I did manage to control myself better this time, as compared to that time in April when she migrated. It's gonna be 2 years at the very least before she returns. Sure, it does seem like a very long time away. The 7 months she was away felt like an eternity before we got to meet up again.
But time will pass, whether at a slow or fast pace.
And I hope to keep in touch with her till then.