By Julie Provost, National Guard Spouse
Time is coming to an end. That place you have called home for the last three years will soon become a memory. You are PCSing to a new location and can’t wait to get there. At the same time, you want to make the most of your last week at the place you have called home. Here are some ideas for making the best of that time.
Go out with friends
Make sure to have one last night out with your friends or one last play date. You will always remember those special people that you meet at each duty station. You want to spend as much time with them as you can. Try not to dwell on the fact that you are leaving but on all the memories you have had in the time you have been friends. Your kids will appreciate spending that time with their friends too.
Take photos before PCSing
Take pictures of your favorite locations. Make sure you are in some of them. You will love to have these memories once you get moved. You can make a scrapbook of your time there or simply put some photos in frames to hang up in your new home. Every place you live will become a part of you and make you the person you are. Being able to remember the good times is fun, and you can share your experience there with others. If you have kids, make sure you have some photos of them too. They might be too young to remember living there, but through pictures, they can see what living there was like.
Go to your favorite local spots
Spend that last week eating and visiting your favorite local spots. They have an Applebee’s everywhere, but your new duty station is not going to have that locally owned coffee shop you used to visit every week. These unique places will stay in your memories, and you will want to enjoy them one last time.
Saying goodbye is the hardest part of PCSing, but you should do so. Say goodbye to the people you have met and those you will no longer see on a regular basis; your neighbors, your child’s daycare worker, the friends that you have met. Connections are essential during military life and taking the time to say goodbye can be a good way to close out your time at this duty station. Plan to keep in touch with those you want to and know that it can be possible to see them again in the future.
Take some time to reflect on your time at this duty station. Think about all the things you learned and all the opportunities you have had. Remember when you first got there and everything was new. If you journal, now is a good time to write about how you are feeling about the place. Leaving will be closing a significant chapter in your life and will bring up a lot of emotions. Be sensitive to that and know that no matter how badly you wanted to move somewhere else, there will always be a part of you that will miss this place.
Author: Julie Provost is a PCSgrades’ Blogger Affiliate and a freelance blogger with over 20,000 page views a month on her blog Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life. She enjoys life in Tennessee with her husband, a National Guard soldier and their three boys. Julie enjoys blogging, reading, photography and a good cup of coffee. You can follow her on Twitter @SoldiersWifeCL.