Dear Billy,

Of course it's normal for us to miss those we cherish — especially when we're apart for long periods of time.

Have solace in this:  it's almost Thanksgiving.  You're nearing the finish line and you will see your sweetheart soon enough.

Until then — don't mope.  Don't get super clingy on the telephone.  (Though she'll be flattered by your missing her, she's also probably having the time of her life.  However, if her boyfriend's being a party pooper, it  can taint her experience.)

And be strong.  Start planning the wonderful, romantic dinner you'll share her first evening back.

— M