How about this. It behooves me to keep it as short as possible, so if you can make any suggestions for length, please do:
"It was good to hear from you. Thank you for that. I have been and will continue to be concerned about you.
I am trying very hard to respect your need for space with all that is going on extraneous to the draft, and your stress
and work levels right now with the draft, but yes, the distant-ness is extremely hard for me. I feel as though this has in past years been a time when you have shared a lot about your day-to-day work with me and I miss knowing what is going on. Sharing all of that throughout the year, but especially this time of year, has always made me feel very close to you, plus I find it very interesting. Also, outside of that, while I respect that there is a big chunk of your life right now that you cannot really talk about with me, I miss my best friend. It is not the worrying and the concern that is hard for me, it is that loss.
Keep your head up. I am saying my good beads that all will go well for you out there."
I kind of don't want to tell him "I love you," although obviously I do, because it just makes me feel so vulnerable??? Also not "I'm here for you..." because I kind of feel like I cannot be at his beck and call right now...I don't want to spend this time tied to my cell phone...One thing that had not occurred to me is if he goes home when he returns from the draft, for example. I am certainly not going to get my hopes up about ANYTHING. He can continue loving me until the cows come home and never make a move in my direction.
Please let me know what you think about the above. I am going to jump in the shower and then I will check back. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!