1001 Tips for Military Families – #420


Paper Chains – Tip #420

Deployments are hard and anything that you can do to create a connection each day will definitely help not only on the actual day but when you are re-united. A paper chain is a visual way of marking time, saying that you care and connecting each day.  Before they leave for any long absence or deployment, create a paper chain for the number of days that they are going to be away (add a few extra or do 365 days if you aren’t sure – you can always take some off and use them another time).  Use different colour strips, designs or funky shapes of paper.  On the pieces of paper write a message for each day.  Your mother, father, wife, girlfriend, brothers and sisters, children, etc. will be able to count down the time until you come home and see it visually passing by and read some funny, silly, inspirational, inside jokes, loving or romantic thoughts each day that may make the time a part just a little easier.

Suggestions:

* Go on a joke a day website and print off jokes and make strips that way

* Use quotes that tell someone how much they are loved

* Write all the things that you like/love about them

* What you’ll be missing most about them

* Finish sentences like:

– The best thing about you is…

– I miss the way you…

– Remember the time we…

– Only ___ more days until I see you…

– The hardest things about being away are…

– When I get back we will…

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