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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Adopting a Soldier

Having reached the number of felines that will co-exist comfortably in the house, I adopted a soldier Monday.

Inspired by a post written by my sister, I went to the website, Soldiers Angels (the link is up above), read the requirements and decided to do it. I'm against the war in Iraq, but I do support our troops. Our brother was in the first Gulf War. It was the first time in my life that I actively watched the news, hoping every day that it'd be over and he'd come home. We were lucky; he came home to us relatively quickly. I can only try to picture what it's like for the families and friends of soldiers over in Iraq now, waiting and wondering when -- or even if -- they'll be coming home.

The requirements are simple: you commit to writing a letter to your soldier once a week and to send at least two care packages a month. I love giving presents and I love writing letters. I hope I don't bore the pants off my soldier.

You may or may not get a letter back from your soldier, so don't go into it with expectations of a steady pen pal. The site also stresses that this is for serious people; not for people looking for a dating service. Heh. Don't worry, kid. You're safe in that regard.

I already sent off a letter and have a care package ready to go. I just have to heft it over to the post office and hope that I filled out the customs form correctly. I hate those things. But I want this package to get there as quickly as possible. It was fun picking stuff out for him (although it would have been easier if I'd gotten a female soldier). cookies, candy, snack bars, beef jerky, books, magazines, pens and writing tablets, tea bags, little mini toiletry items, and two rolls of toilet paper. I'd bake cookie, but I've been told that it takes up to three weeks for packages to reach their recipients, which would make for some stale homemade cookies. Hopefully Trader Joe's brand will be acceptable.

I hope that my soldier writes back, if just to give me a better idea of what he'd like to get in his packages, what he's interested in so I can make my letters more entertaining for him. Actually, I hope that I won't have to send too many packages, just because it'll mean that the troops are finally coming home.


  • At 3:23 PM, Blogger Peter said…

    I read an article with quotes from some soldiers about care packages in Kuwait and Iraq. They said they'd get these stale or moldy cookies or brownies, but they were very grateful, because it was the only home-cooked thing they'd eaten in months. On the other hand, all the cigarettes and girlie mags were confiscated before they got the packages, which one guy said "was all they really wanted." He also said there was a pile of little bibles from care packages several feet high behind the barracks.

  • At 4:21 PM, Blogger zhadi said…

    I didn't send any bibles. My mom and I were speculating what the Pro-war folks were sending, and we bet that a bunch of 'em sent religious stuff. I didn't send girlie mags or cigs either -on the list of things they can't have, at least the girlie mags!

  • At 5:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Fabulous said…

    What a great idea! Could you be ANY cooler?

    BTW, I will be testing your grocery receipt theory on Friday :)

  • At 6:23 PM, Anonymous J. Branch said…

    Zhadi wrote: I didn't send girlie mags or cigs either -on the list of things they can't have, at least the girlie mags!

    Can't have Cig's or girlie mags?! Damn Islamic countries! See if we come save their bacon next time they put a dictator in charge of running things!

    Oh wait, they don't have bacon either.


  • At 8:40 AM, Blogger zhadi said…

    Mr. Fab, you KNOW I'm right. I can't wait to see the comments off of your grocery post...


  • At 4:09 PM, Blogger Other Lisa said…

    Good job!


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