One of the hardest parts of being a MilSpouse is missing those important milestones. But those special days don’t have to be a complete loss; in fact, there are plenty of ways to celebrate in spite of the distance. All it takes is a little patience and creativity!
Plan a Skype Date:
There’s nothing better than seeing your spouse’s face after weeks (or months!) of separation. It might be a little difficult to coordinate times to set up a Skype call, especially if there’s a significant time difference, but it’ll be well worth the effort once you can see them smile and hear their voice. Step it up by eating dinner together or streaming a movie or keep it nice and simple with a regular conversation.
Part of the fun of gift-giving is seeing your spouse’s reaction. But if they’re not right in front of you, that doesn’t mean it isn’t just as satisfying to hear they received a special something to commemorate your wedding day. Besides, you can always send something small for that day and give the big gift when they get back. The anticipation will be enough of a present!
Don’t Spend It Alone:
The only thing that self-imposed isolation will bring is unnecessary sadness. This is a happy day, so spend it with people you love! Let your family and friends know about your anniversary and plan a get-together or celebration.
Go out to see that new action movie with a sibling, go on a shopping trip with your best friend, or check out that new exhibit at your local art gallery with your dad. Whatever you do, just don’t wallow at home. After all, your spouse would hate to hear that you spent the day pining away and counting down the days till their return.
Make Plans to Celebrate Later:
Nobody says you have to celebrate your anniversary on the actual day it occurs. If you are unable to spend your anniversary with your spouse, it’s simple enough to reschedule for when they return home.
Plan to go to your favorite restaurant or have a candlelit dinner at home.
Start looking up prices for plane tickets to a dream destination.
If you both love horseback riding, skiing, or surfing, plan a day to do your chosen activity together when your spouse returns home.
No matter what you decide to do, throwing out these ideas will make their return all the more exciting.
Write Love Letters:
While phone calls are great, their impact is short-lived. However, with good upkeep, the written word will last for years to come.
Talk about things like how you felt when you first realized you were in love with your spouse, what you appreciate and admire about them, and your hopes and dreams for the two of you in the future.
When you’re finished writing, you can spray the paper you write on with your perfume or cologne as a romantic personal touch.
Nothing compares to being next to your spouse, but these ideas will close the distance the slightest bit and keep up your spirits until the day they return for good.
Heather Lomax is a contributing writer and media relations specialist for Challenge Coins Ltd. She writes for a variety of MilSpouse blogs on topics related to financial strategies for military homes and getting closer to your spouse.