If I’m being honest, I hated my husband’s time in the academy.
For one thing, he was far away 4 days a week (since it was an out-of-town academy) and we were living with my in-laws, with whom there was admittedly some tension.
On top of that, we were in a completely new town where I didn’t really know anyone.
Oh and the cherry on top? I was 14 weeks pregnant when he started the academy. Hormones, baby.
It wasn’t pretty.
I wish I’d thought to create a set of these letters when my husband was gone! I know it would have made the time apart easier to feel like I was doing something to keep us close. Plus, it would have been a fun creative project, which always makes me a little happier.
I mean, not that I wasn’t busy – I started a quilt, which I still to this day haven’t finished… So a project like this would have been a smidge more productive too 🙂
In any case, if you’re preparing for your husband to leave for the academy, you might be a little anxious on how it’ll impact your marriage. After all, you’re going to be spending a lot of time apart (even if he doesn’t stay at the academy like mine did). And he’s going to be super stressed out.
Just think of it as preparation for police life – which is a good thing even if it sounds lame. It takes time but you’ll get there, I promise.
But in all seriousness, taking the time to do something like this is a great way to help keep your husband feeling motivated and supported, which is only going to make your marriage stronger.
Don’t feel like you’re restricted to just love notes, either! There’s so many ways you can get creative with these. Like for a letter after an intense session of PT? You could write a short note on a tube of Bengay and wrap it in blue paper.
You may also consider doing cheesy stuff like perfuming the paper or even using special stationery to write the letters on. Just get creative, because it’s half the fun.
I’m a twenty-something LEO wife and stay-at-home mom to a one-year-old little boy. I enjoy writing, reading, taking my son for walks and runs in the stroller, and crafting. My goal is for Love and Blues to be a resource for first responders and their families. I write about marriage and family topics, as well as about the quirks that come with being married to a man in law enforcement, firefighting, or emergency medical services.
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