Long before Skype or even email, when even making a long-distance phone call was prohibitively expensive, my dad was stationed overseas for months at a time with three little kids at home who couldn't even remember him sometimes. He taped himself reading bedtime stories, he wrote actual letters, and he sent little gifts back for us. It was still hard for all of us, but we managed. The tangible things are also far more memorable for small children than a phone call - though I'm sure I talked to my dad occasionally, I have no memory of it, while the letters and treasures he sent are still loaded with memories and among my most cherished possessions.
Staying In Touch When Family Lives Far Away
|3/4/13 11:57 AM|
About to move to my 23rd home in 24 years. Luckily, it usually only takes a short amount of time for a place to feel like home for me. I frequently slip up and refer to hotel rooms or hostel dorms as "home" when I am traveling.
How Many Homes Have You Lived In? (And What Makes a Home, Anyway?)
|8/10/12 12:11 PM|
These days I always pack an envelope filled with photos and postcards to display once I move in to my new place. It's so easy to feel immediately disconnected from everything in your life before you international move. Having some sentimental items, especially small, lightweight ones, always makes me feel at home and comfortable right from the beginning.
What to Bring or Acquire Immediately When Moving Abroad Setting Up Home
|8/3/12 1:42 AM|
I have a postcard collection which was confined to scrapbooks for a long time, but I recently found this:http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10151036
Inspiration Gallery: Displaying Travel Collections
|3/24/11 10:24 AM|