Military life can be all consuming. While you are deployed, you may feel out of sync about what is happening back home. Important events can bypass you when you are out in the field. But, that doesn’t mean that you have to forget about what is happening back home. After all, your significant events define you as a person. Your kids graduation, birthdays, and Christmas can all be celebrated, irrespective of being deployed. It’s all about taking the right attitude and figuring out ways that you can make these special occasions part of your life during deployment.
Keep Track of Time
Deployment can take its toll. You may not be on scheduling all of the time. But, trying to keep track of time is one of the most important things that you can do. Ensure that you keep a diary or calendar of upcoming events so that you don’t miss out. After all, people back home are all too aware of how time passes.
Communicate With Your Loved Ones
Communication is the key to everything while you are deployed. Ensure that you are in a good place to remain in contact with your loved ones. That way, you won’t miss any significant milestones or important events. Social media, Skype, and emails are all easily accessed and can ensure that you are in a good place to contact those back home. A simple message to let people know that you are thinking of them will make the world of difference while you are away. What’s more, you won’t feel as though you are missing out. You will be celebrating with them in spirit. Connect to a Skype call to your kid’s birthday party. Use face time so that you can be there at graduations, birthdays, or Valentine’s Day. It’s a simple way to celebrate these events, but it’s highly effective.
Celebrate the Smaller Things Too
Okay, so once you have the festivities out of the way, there are other milestones and important events that you have to be part of, too. Just because it’s not Thanksgiving, doesn’t mean that it any less important. Remember to celebrate your family’s personal achievements as well as holidays. Take the time to send e-cards and flowers. This can mean a lot to the people back home, and it can make you feel included in the festivities too.
Make Sure to Send Gifts (or Hide Them Around the Home)
If you have sufficient notice for your deployment, it may be wise to get organized before you leave. Hide presents, cards and notes in the attic or basement and tell your loved ones to seek them out when their special day comes. They will adore the personal touches that you have left behind. It shows that you are thinking of them, despite the distance. Of course, the internet is your greatest ally during deployment, too. You can send cards and gifts back home, without having to plan with military precision (although this is what you do best, after all!)
Celebrating, despite the distance, is important. It’ vital for you and your family that you remain connected during your absence. It’s more important than ever to celebrate these occasions. It’s all about staying organized and communicative with your loved ones back home.