Growing up my mom used to hide little notes in my luggage when I went to visit my dad for the summer. Little love notes, notes of encouragement, just because notes. It gave me something to look forward to when I was sad about leaving for so long.
I tried to continue the tradition with Will, but the first time I did it was before I went home to Hawaii. He caught on quickly that there were notes hidden in the house and went on a hunt. He found most of them before my plane touched down.
When we were dating I sent him a stack of letters to open when he went on his first TDY. I think they didn't last past the first week. He knew it was supposed to last him the whole time, but he couldn't help himself during the days we weren't able to talk.
I've been seeing ideas for situational letters on Pinterest and I thought I'd give it a try. I customized the letters so he couldn't open them all at once.
When he has forgotten how weird I am
When we're mad at each other...or I'm mad at him
When he wants to come home and he hates everyone around him
When he wants to come home and he really really hates everyone around him
When he needs to hear how much I love him
I think the situational rule helps because the letters would be silly if he read them all at once. I'll have to do this from now on because a week or two ago I asked him if he'd burned through them all yet and he said no!
Do you have any ideas for future letters? I have to brainstorm for future TDYs or deployments.