Items from the Heart
USB Drive: Maybe they can’t physically be there to see your lovely face every day or see your baby’s first steps, but you can try to make sure that they do see it! If they packed a lap-top or tablet to bring with them, then send a USB drive loaded with videos and pictures that will give them the pick-me-up that they might need while their thousands of miles away from home.
CD’s: If you’re in a really sappy mood, then upload some music that reminds you of them and that would remind them of you. Do you remember making mixed tapes for your main-squeeze back in the day? (Yes, I do realize that I just dated myself). BONUS TRACK- If you can carry a tune, record yourself singing their favorite song. Shoot, even if you can’t carry a tune, at least you made them smile (or laugh)!
A Day with YOU: From sun-up to sun-down, keep your camera by your side. Take a picture of yourself first thing in the morning. Take a picture of their favorite coffee cup (and YOU using it). Snap a photo of your living room, your yard, your mailbox and your car. Are you watching your favorite show? Take a picture of the TV (and of YOU holding the remote!) Take a picture everywhere you go, every hour on the hour. Put all of these comforts of home on an SD card that can run as a slideshow on their lap-top.
Digital Watch: Buy two digital watches; one for them and one for you. (Click here for a few options!) Set the time on each watch according to the time zone you are each in (hint: their watch should have a different time if they are out of your time zone). Set the alarm for both watches to go off at 12:00 pm YOUR time. No matter where either of you are at, each day at noon the alarm will sound and you will both immediately begin thinking of one another at the same time.
So there you have it. I hope some of these ideas will work for you and your service member. Do you have any unique care package ideas that you would like to share? Tell us some of the things that YOU have done to stay connected during a separation!
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