When Popeye was first deployed I was chuffed to bits that he had signed me up to receive Link Letters.
It was great, a good way to find out what was going on onboard during the deployment.
Each letter was written by the ships Executive Officer, Robert Williams, and was signed with his name at the bottom, and on the next line, “XO”.
“Why is he putting hugs and kisses at the end of the link letter? Is it all of them? Just me? A typo? What is going on?!”
After a few months had gone past I finally told Popeye.
“I love these Link Letters Popeye, but the ships Executive Officer seems a tad unprofessional, to the point that I think he might be flirting! The thing is, and, please, don’t get angry, but he keeps putting kisses and hugs at the end of each letter.”
After about ten minutes of laughing till the tears were falling, Popeye managed to choke back a guffaw long enough to tell me that, “dear Olive, those aren’t hugs and kisses, XO means EXecutive Officer“.
I have never been able to live this down and to this day we refer to all XO’s as the ” Kiss Hug Man”.
Lots of love,