Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day While He's Away

Today I have another guest post. This time it is from Allison.

My name is Allison and I am a fun-loving, adventurous being. When my job doesn’t have me traveling I normally guest blog, ride my horse, or hang out with friends. I normally write about natural health and healing, but ever since my bother got word he would deploy I like to share ideas about how to still be you, manage life, and keep the love alive when a loved one is not around. I’m starting a blog of my own, it is called Musings of a Curios Mind.

Valentine's Day While He's Away

The environments in which deployed soldiers live are not exactly what one would expect to see on a vacation post card. These brave men and women are forced to live in extremely small spaces, and they have very little time or space to themselves. And the space that they do have should be filled with signs of love and support from those back home; this is especially true during Valentine's Day. Any little thing that is sent to a soldier will touch his/her heart, but on this day he/she should feel especially loved. Even though your love may be long distance, get creative and make their day.


Many couples choose to go see a movie on Valentine's Day, and there's no reason to let a little thing like distance get in the way of that now. While a soldier and their significant other cannot sit next to each other, it does not mean that they cannot enjoy the same experience at the same time. Send him some popcorn, movie-sized candy, and a good romantic comedy for Valentine's Day; and instruct him to watch the movie at a specific time. Lovers will be able to enjoy the next best thing to being with one another.


From time to time, soldiers like to just look at pictures from home and reminisce on great times. This is where you and your family need to get creative and make some photo pages for a continuous album. Gather up the kids, family members, and friends and have a little party to make special pages for your soldier. This is will show them that so many people are supporting them and thinking about them even though they are not around. And having a continuous photo-album can make it easier to follow the timeline of their deployment and make it feel like they were there with you during the events in pictures.


The PXs on base have a limited supply of sweets for the entire brigade. Make a soldier's day by sending him an abundance of Valentine's Day candy. To be extra sweet, pack some of his favorites or make some home-cooked goodies. This will bring you and his/her home to their heart and tummy.


The power of the voice can go a long way. The best way to send love and emotions is through your voice. This is why, if you can, try and arrange a Skype or telephone meeting. Really be close on Valentine’s Day and celebrate it just like the rest of us.

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