“I wanted to share something that I hope will help ease some of the loneliness of separation.
“My husband is retired from the Army now, but when he was on Active Duty, we started this when we had to be separated. It helped our four kids, even after my husband retired.
“First, we decided on a time (9 pm worked for us) when we would think about each other. If we were in different time zones, my husband would figure out when it would be 9 pm at home. Then, we always knew that no matter where we were in the world, we’d be thinking about each other at the same time.
“Second, each person had an envelope, or however many they wanted. In each envelope were ‘hugs and kisses’ from every member of the family. Then, each person–daddy included– could put an envelope under his/her pillow, in their backpack, purse, diaper bag, duffle bag, glove compartment, or wherever, knowing that ‘kisses and hugs’ were readily available when needed.
“Such little things made a big difference–especially in ‘the old days’ when there were no cell phones, email, etc.
“I sincerely hope that the above helps to make a separation of any kind or length of time much more bearable. It will!”