Saturday, January 14, 2012
Overseas Pen Pal
Today was my day to write my weekly letter to the soldier that I "adopted" in Afghanistan. As I sat down to write to him, I noticed how hard it is to have a "one-way" conversation. Since I haven't yet heard from him (who knows if I even will, and it's too early to have heard anyway), I tried to think of what he might want to hear about.
I gave him some sports updates since that tends to be a universal language among guys. I also told him a little about my week, things happening with my family, and a little about events around the US. I then asked him a few more questions about things in Afghanistan which hopefully he'll have an opportunity to answer.
I know from reading the Soldiers' Angels website that, even if I don't hear anything back, receiving mail every week is critically important to the morale of soldiers overseas. So I'll just trust that these letters have an impact whether I ever know it directly or not. And later next week, I'll put together and mail off my first care package to him.