After he’s deployed, they’ll spend one consecutive year apart. That didn’t stop this couple from having dinner together every night.
Zhao Mai and Yin Yunfeng were a young newlywed couple living in China. Yin Yunfeng had a lifelong dream to serve his country and fulfilled that goal quickly after he married Zhao. Sadly, the husband and wife would spend most of their “honeymoon phase” apart.
“I knew it was going to be tough being a soldier’s wife before marrying him, but I didn’t realize how hard it was until we got married,” Zhao said.
The Chinese soldier was soon deployed to Tibet, serving a two-year tour. 26-year-old Zhao and her husband would only see each other once a year until his finished his active duty. During a trip home from, Yin learned something that didn’t sit very well with him.
Zhao, an elementary school teacher, spent most of her days running around from dawn until dusk. Most nights, she was too tired to make dinner for herself and ended up skipping it altogether. Zhao decided that needed to change.
During the only break from his tour in Tibet, the loving husband prepared 365 meals for the woman he loved. Over 1,000 dumplings and 150 liters of noodle soup later, Yin had put together 12 months worth of dinners.
Knowing she would be too exhausted at the end of the day to cook for herself, he froze the meals, allowing her to pull them out at her convenience. Zhao simply adored the sweet gesture.
“I have to admit his food packages help keep me going an it’s great to know that he loves me,” Zhao said.