A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.
So deployments suck. We all know this. Whether they are four months our 14 months, they suck. And sometimes, we need a friend. Someone who understands what we are going through.
So, I’d like to create a Secret Deployment Buddy exchange. Similar to a Secret Santa, this is a Secret Deployment Buddy. While your spouse is deployed, you’ll be assigned to someone whose spouse is also deployed. You will send e-mails, notes, etc to brighten his/her day and maybe an occasional pick-me-up to their house.
When your spouse comes back, I’ll assign your buddy to someone else… that is, unless you want to continue to be assigned to your buddy until his/her spouse comes back.
You’ll keep your identity secret (you can alway sign up for a Gmail account with something like “secret buddy @ gmail . com” or whatever) until the match ends.
Here are the rules:
- You’ll need to contact your buddy at least once a week via e-mail or postal mail.
- At least once a month, send your buddy something to brighten his/her day. You shouldn’t spend more than $20/month.
- Keep it secret, that’s what makes it fun.
So, if you want to sign up, just let me know in my comments and send me an e-mail [wife of a sailor (at) gmail (dot) com] with your e-mail, address (you don’t have to give it to me if you don’t want, but your Secret Buddy will need to know it to send you stuff), and a little bit about yourself. Your likes, dislikes, favorites, special holidays/days that will happen while your spouse is deployed.