Before email, Submarine wives could send a one-way message that consisted of 40 words (if memory serves me correctly) to their Submariner. This message was known as a Family Gram. On average, we were allowed to send six Family Grams during the average time at sea. As you might imagine, like most things on a submarine, they were not private. It was however, a chance to be creative, write a poem or a joke, or attempt to use a code word or phrase to announce an event or occurrence that might otherwise get flagged and never delivered to the recipient (more on this later).
At some point during a long distance relationship things on the homefront are going to get stressful. The distance away from our partner can start to take its toll. What happens when you want and feel the need to share the stresses that occur on the homefront?!
Here are 3 ways to share the not so happy news during a deployment while still staying connected to your spouse:
This topic is surely a hot one. It's important to remember each relationship is different, each deployment is different and we all communicate differently.
How do you stay connected to your loved one when it comes to sharing the stressful things that might happen on the homefront? What has worked for you?
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