Everyone knows how tough it is to give up someone they love for a few months, but one thing I have not thought a lot of (until recently) is how much he is giving up. Not only did my boyfriend leave me, but he left his family and friends as well. Being selfish is easy to do, but being selfless is much harder. I have yet to hear from him and it's been almost two weeks since he left, but I know he is thinking of me and hoping that I am doing well.
Since he has given up so much for me I find it easy to write him and tell him all the things I did during the day. I tell him everything from the national news, to the gossip around campus. Even though he hasn't responded yet I know he loves it.
One thing my boyfriend, Barry, was worried about when he left was that people would forget him. He is an amazing person and no one will forget him, but I wanted to show him that. Being an Early Childhood major has definitely helped me think outside the box. The other day I was helping a kindergarten classroom with Flat Stanly. If you have never read the book, it is about a young laminated boy who goes on adventures around the world. The students would color him and then with the parents help they would send hm to three family members that were around the world. The family members would take Flat Stanley into their local town and take pictures of him having adventures. They then would write a short paper about where he had visited, and send it back to the child. The child would present to the class about where their Flat Stanley had been. Even though my boyfriend is the one doing the traveling; I decided to make a Flat Barry. With all the end of the semester events coming fast, and him not being here I didn't want him to miss out. I took a picture of him and put it in a frame. Anytime I went somewhere with mutual friends, to my sorority's formal, ect. I took pictures with him. At first I thought everyone would think I was crazy, but it turns out everyone loved it and wanted to get their picture with Flat Barry as well. I have sent him about nine pictures so far and told him about the adventures that he has taken (You are welcome to look at these in my pictures). I know he will love it and others will be jealous. ;)
I think everyone should do something like this for their Sailor. It's hard enough for them already thinking they might have made a mistake, and people might forget them. I think we should show them that even though they might not be right here they are always in our thoughts.
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