Take Her with You
A spouse’s business trips away from home can be a concern for a lot of couples! Knowing of the easy potential for thoughts and activities to lead away from one’s spouse and family, I loved the idea shared by a Strengthening Marriage Facebook fan of what she does to stay connected with her husband while he is away from home.
Recently, my husband went out of town on a work trip. He was going to be gone for a few days, and I knew I would miss him terribly. Since I’ve never been there myself, I decided it was time for me to go too!! I had a plan…
A few years ago my son brought home a “Flat Stanley” (based off of the Flat Stanley kids’ books). As part of the assignment we were to mail Flat Stanley (a paper doll) to friends and family for them to take him with them, and to take pictures to send back to us. What a great idea!
So, I found a picture of myself on my computer, printed it out, cut out the face, and made a shirt and a skirt to go with it. I made some cartoon-ish arms and legs and glued the creation together. With my not-so-fancy laminator, I made it into my very own Flat wife ready for travel!
I wasn’t so sure my husband would play along with taking “Flat Kristi” with him on his trip. But, I was pleasantly surprised when I started receiving email pictures from him!
It really kept us connected while he was gone, and it also helped me to keep track of him (hee-hee). He had a great time finding places to take pictures with his FLAT wife. I’m for sure sending myself on the next trip as well!
I love the idea of my husband and I being together even when we have to be apart. So I too decided to have both my husband and I take each other along (travel sized) when we have to go out of town.
What I noticed was that it really helped us stay better connected with each other as we shared in each other’s adventures even when we were apart.
So, be creative and have fun finding ways to stay connected especially when you have to be apart. Instead of letting TV screens, cell phones, internet images or even temptations of the flesh lure you away, take along your own Flat wife or Flat husband wherever you go!
- Additional “Adventures of Flat Spouse” photos
Marriage and intimacy expert, Laura M. Brotherson, MS, MFT, is the author of And They Were Not Ashamed-Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment, host of “The Marital Intimacy Show” and founder of the Marriage Messages videos. Visit her website StrengtheningMarriage.com to learn more.