Post # 1
So, when DH goes on deployments, we won’t usually get to Skype/text/call each other. He has an iPad, and I was planning on putting lots of pictures on for him, along with little love letters he can open each month in Word.
But, tonight, I was thinking about also making him podcasts/recordings of me talking through GarageBand on Mac, then uploading them to his iTunes. I want to record little messages to him for him to listen to while he’s away.
But!! I need ideas about what to record for him! My podcast “topic” ideas are so far:
*something to listen to when he’s lonely
*something to listen to when he’s tired/discouraged
*something to listen to when he misses me
*me reading his favorite poems/passages from books
…. and that’s it!! Any ideas??
I know it sounds a little weird, but we will have virtually NO communication during deployments, so I am trying to come up with ideas of ways to stay connected. Obviously, during deployments I could talk about my week and record that for him to listen to when he gets back. But, I’d love for him to have something to take with him on his first one and we can communicate right now… any ideas??
Post # 3
I think this is lovely! And the ideas you have are great. But I think what they miss is often the day to day, normal stuff that seems boring to us, but would be a welcome relief from theire experience when deployed (my bro is deployed right now, and I think he just misses his famiy’s voices).
Is there anything around the house he’d miss? I know FI and I are both fascinated with the birds in our yard, and when he’s been gone I tell him what the birds are doing (dorky, but our normal routine).
Post # 4
Thanks! I agree. I’m thinking about asking some family and friends to record something for him as well.
Any other ideas??
Post # 5
this is such a sweet idea! maybe this wouldn’t work, but could you sneakily record bits of conversations you have together while he’s still here? nothing serious, maybe bring up some random topics that would make you both laugh.
i once made a unique advent calendar for my SO when we were apart for most of one december. i wrapped up a silly question and a chocolate for each day of the month, and he replied to the question in an email to me everyday, and we’d have some funny discussions about it. you could ask the question, then answer it yourself, and have him keep a note of his and you can see them when he gets back? for example, my questions included random things like… if you could speak one other language, what would it be? if you could only take 5 CDs to a desert island, what would they be? if someone was about to jump off a building, what would you say to them to try and make them stop? (ok, a bit morbid, but interesting!)
i hope that’s of any help! i have more questions all stored up in my inbox if you need any more ideas 😉 i think it’s nice to have these random topics to think about, because some of them make you think, and it’s good distraction to keep your mind off things 🙂
Post # 6
@peonia: Oh I like that idea to record our conversations! I’m SO bad at keeping secrets like this, so I’ll have to come up with some ways to sneakily bring those things up while I’m on my computer!
I like the advent calendar idea too. I could make something like that work too with questions. We have limited communication while he’s away, so he could keep all the questions and talk about them when he gets back.