Thursday, February 9, 2012

Skype Helps Keep the Love Alive While They're Away (By: Allison Brooks - guest blogger)


Bring you and your solider face to face

Sharing a romantic holiday with your soldier can be difficult, especially when they are miles away, possibly even in a different country. Sending care packages is a great way to share the love, but when you are romantically attached, it does not seem like enough when the one thing you really want to do is share a romantic evening with the one you love the most.

Sending letters during Valentine's Day with cute conversation hearts enclosed or even valentines from the children is something that is always appreciated. For many soldiers, once they deploy, it seems that they do not get to hear from their family nearly as often as they would like, even if they were not in a war zone. On the big love day, it can seem especially lonely.

For some, making a long distance phone call is enough or even sending an enticing letter that will make your nerves tingle. Sending photographs and postcards of the adventurous places you have been to and the things you have experienced is a romantic gesture that many really enjoy. For others, this is not enough for their soldier that they hardly get to see or hear from as it is.

Now, you can Skype with your loved one no matter where they are from your global position. Turn on your computer and "call" their computer and within seconds you can be sitting face to face from miles away. Once you have figured out how to Skype, you can share a meal with each other, talk about your day, share your "I love yous" and whatever else you feel comfortable doing.

For some, the biggest problem with using Skype can be privacy. In a dorm or shared room where a soldier may be staying, he might feel less than accepting of saying or doing things in front of his comrades than he would if he were at home. Children can present a problem for privacy, not to mention a time zone difference. Often times, soldiers are not in the country while they are deployed and their free time is often right in the middle of your night.

No matter what time of the day or night you get to talk to your special someone on Valentine's Day, remember that you can Skype with love no matter who is in the room, what you are doing or who might hear you. It is a great tool to help keep people together, without harsh long distance charges.

*My name is Allison and I am a fun-loving, adventurous being. When my job doesn’t have me traveling I normally guest blog, ride my horse, or hang out with friends. I normally write about natural health and healing, but ever since my boyfriend got word he would deploy I like to share ideas about how to still be you, manage life, and keep the love alive when he is not around. I’m starting a blog of my own, it is called - Musings of a Curious Mind

1 comment:

  1. While this may be the case for most, my husband is at a FOB that only allows internet connection at a very steep price ($80-$100/month), so Skype is unfortunately not an option for us. I would love if it was.