I have a friend whose fiancé was deploying to somewhere near Syria. Then his orders were put on hold. Then they told him he was leaving in a few weeks. The other day that got changed to 24 hours and now he’s gone. I am trying to imagine putting my heart through the emotional gymnastics my friend just had to. Uncertainty is part of life for our military families.
Two months ago I told you about my “snail-tweeting” project for my very first soldier, Sergeant K, who was deploying again. I planned to mail him one tweet a day on a postcard, every single day for the duration of his deployment. His expected departure date has changed a few times. Luckily, his uncertainty led to more time at home. However, the latest update looks firm and I am ramping up now so I’m ready.
Sgt. K’s wife told me that mail delivery is supposed to be terrible where he is headed. I replied, “Challenge accepted!” I think one of the upsides to the snail-tweet project is the quantity. I figure the more mail I send, the more chances I have of getting through.
If there’s anything you wish you could say to one of our troops, here’s your chance to tell my soldier. Leave your “snail-tweet” in the comments or email me and I’ll write it on a postcard with your name and mail it to him. It should be:
1. Short. Think one sentence or two short ones. Or even just a few words.
2. No politics please. I’d add, “be nice” but, if you’re doing this, you’re already pretty nice.
3. Include how I should sign your name. Something like, “Linda from California.” Or whatever fabulous alias you have.
If you’d rather email me, the address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Sgt. K
It’s not always easy to write to a stranger. So here are a few things about Sgt. K to help you get to know him.
-His favorite sport is hockey. His favorite team is the Phoenix Coyotes. Any attempt to make him a New York Ranger fan is futile (trust me on this.)
-He loves dogs.
-He missed the birth of his first child by two weeks because he was deployed. He was there when his second child was born. He and his wife are expecting again and he hopes to come home on leave for this birth.
-His wife is awesome.
-They’re one of those couples that are great to be around because they love and like one another. They were high school sweethearts and have been together ever since.
-After reading this blog, his mother-in-law was inspired to adopt a soldier.
-He loves cigars and canned ravioli. Not necessarily together.
-This soldier and his wife are the reason I was inspired to do more after I adopted him. Doing more led to everything I learned in the Ways To Make A Difference page and eventually starting this blog.
Below are the postcards I’ve picked up so far to send. I originally planned to do this myself and maybe ask for help once in a while. But then I thought about what it would feel like for him. What if he could see that the care went beyond me? I think that would be very special. In fact, I’m certain of it.
© Gina left the mall, 2013