When your long-term love, or a favorite friend, is far away, sending a text message can show your missing mate that you still care. While your mom may have had to pen an actual letter -- that she then had to put into an envelope and mail at the post office -- to send out a long-distance message, the modern convenience of texting technology allows you to quickly send out a similar greeting without much muss or fuss.

You're a Poet and You Know It

Even if you aren't much of a writer, you can text a cute poetry-inspired message to a partner or friend who is far away. Choose a brief passage from your favorite poet, avoiding lengthy love notes that will split into multiple texts or take up too much space. Pick a line or two that speaks to your intended message. For example, if you're texting your boyfriend or girlfriend who is away at college, go for a lovey-dovey line, but if you're sending a message to your BFF who is on a semester abroad, go with a verse that speaks about the benefits of friendship.

Notable Quotables

If you don't want to go for a poem, you can send your friend or love a quote-worthy long-distance text. Choose a quote that reflects the distance between the two of you or a famous saying from a historical or pop culture figure that both of you have an affinity for. You may also want to opt for a sentimental or sincere type of quote. For example, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel," by Maya Angelou.

Picture This

Not every text message has to include actual text. Most smart phones allow the user to text photos or saved images as well as cute emoticons. Send a selfie of your smiling face to your BFF who is across the country or a photo of your favorite date night spot to your love. If you want to send a smile to someone who is far away, choose one of your phone's emoticon cuties. If your phone doesn't have an option to simply press a button and choose an emoticon, you can create your own using standard text symbols such as a colon, hyphen and asterisks to make a kissing face.

Code It

Turn your long-distance texts into a cute game for your guy, girl or pal to figure out. Instead of just saying "I miss you," create your own code that your partner can figure out. For example, capitalize the first letter of each word in a sentence to make the capitals spell out another word -- such as, "I Look Over Violins Everyday. You're Outside Umbrella" for "I love you." These humorously nonsensical texts will make your long-distance partner laugh, giggle and see the love that you are sharing.