Wednesday, February 17, 2010

It's the little things ...

It’s amazing how something as simple as a care package can turn an office full of adults into a bunch of little kids. For the past two days, our office has received a large number of care packages from support organizations in the states, and all of them have been ransacked with savage glee.

It was like Christmas morning, combat style. Gerber’s and knives came out to cut through the tape and hands were everywhere as we dug through the boxes to see what goodies had been sent. Some things were awesome; pistachios, toiletries, tissues, power bars and fruit snacks, while others were inexplicably bizarre … a four pound can of tuna fish for example. I’m really not sure where that one came from and it has been the source of much joking in the office.

But overall, the generosity, money and time that people put into these care packages still amazes me; it’s so nice to know that people still care and think about the military over here. I’ve been collecting things from each care package we get to make other care packages for our Public Affairs mentoring teams who are serving at remote forward operating bases. Those folks are the ones who living pretty bare bones, often without some of the creature comforts we have here, so it’s nice to be able to share the care package goodies.

So thank you to all my family and friends, and the support organizations, who have kept the care packages coming regularly – it is MUCH appreciated and definitely put to good use … although I think we’re good on tuna fish for quite some time.

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