A has been at a training school since January and the separation has been far more difficult than I thought it would be. Something about this boy has turned me (formerly little Miss “I don’t want to be around someone all the time-I hope they travel a lot”) into a completely different person who pretty much aches to navigate the time difference and packed schedules in order to spend just a few minutes on the phone with him. Yeah I know. Gross. It’s ok, sometimes I say the exact same thing…just don’t tell him that!
But in all seriousness, it is difficult for me. I had gotten so used to seeing A every.single.day that to have just 20 minutes (or an hour if we’re lucky) to chat maybe once every few days has been a very big adjustment for me. I am learning as I go and A has been very patient with me as I figure out how I should handle it all. I’m working really hard to identify as many coping mechanisms as possible so that when a real deployment comes around, I am better (even if only slightly) prepared. Honestly though I have no idea how I’m going to handle that particular milestone…it makes me nervous just thinking about it.
I have been channeling a lot of the nervous energy into care packages for A. There are so many fantastic ideas online (Pinterest has become my new best friend) that I almost didn’t know where to start! During the course of us dating, A has gone away for shorter periods of time so I’ve had practice making the letter bundle care packages you see everywhere. But this time around was my first chance at a full on box and what better day for it than Valentine’s Day (which just so happened to be our 6 month anniversary).
Get ready for cuteness overload folks.
After decorating the inside (which I’ll admit was possibly an unnecessary step as he’ll end up throwing the box away), I filled that bad boy with all sorts of snacks to be shared and cards (probably best not to share). I wanted to make it stuff he’d consume or at least use while he was there that was easy to bring home. Then on a whim, I ordered these little cute things and added them in there as well:
|BoldLoft “Say I love you” Pillowcases|
It was very cheesy even for me, but I’d like to think he can look at it and know that I’m thinking of him, even if he only does so when none of the other guys are around.
Packing List (other than the pillowcase):
2 big bags of Trail Mix (no raisins-the Ocean Spray brand does this)
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Hearts
A new t-shirt