In between chapters of how to teach grammar to non-native speakers, I am reading different things about being the other half of a submariner. It turns out the Internet has a lot of offer.
Although I am not his spouse yet, it feels like military spouse 101 really. It tells you everything you need to keep yourself together while your man is away.
Some important notes to myself:
1) No news is good news - do not freak yourself out.
I tend to do this a lot when I have been on my own for more than 24 hours. This can be super stressful and cause mood swing. So instead, I read something from the Bible and pray.
2) Be more than just “OK” when you are on your own.
Even though I don’t know a lot about the submarine, I do know he works in a cramp and stressful environment. That’s why I need to keep my head up to send him every positive and interesting thing happened around me.
3) Learn to appreciate the value of absence
I think I have been doing a pretty good job on this one. Yes, he will be gone, sometimes for a long time. But the good news is, HE WILL BE BACK. When he is gone, I forget every flaw about him (wait, he has flaws?!) and just remember how amazing he is. When he is back, I do everything to cheer him up so he has something to think of and look forward to whenever he is away.
There are more than these on the Internet. But that’s what I got for the night.