So, you are facing a deadline. You are going to be away from your loved one for a long time. (I'm not talking about a business trip. I'm talking about several weeks to months.) How would you spend the last week, day, hour together?
When Kate and I started dating, it was long distance. Actually, it may have been the best thing for our relationship - we learned to ask questions. A lot of questions. The more we learned about each other, the more we wanted to know.
The longest we went between seeing each other was two weeks. Men and women who have fought in our nation's military have often been apart from their loved one for months and years. I have a hard time imagining this. However, I cannot imagine my life without Kate and the boys. So, regardless of the situation, I'd be counting the days until we all were together again.
But it gets back to the question - how would you spend those last few hours and moments? I would guess that if you have done the little moments leading up to the departure well, the separation is not that difficult. If things have been rocky, it would be scarier.
Me? I think I'd play a little extra with the boys. I'd cook a few favorite meals. I'd spend a bit more time just talking on the couch with her. What would you do?