Wednesday, March 7, 2012
E-mail Does the Trick
Today was my regular weekly day to write to my adopted soldier in Afghanistan - but it was different from all the previous days. That's because I've finally heard back from him - by e-mail!
I've documented here several times how challenging it is to carry on a one-way conversation, never being entirely sure if my letters or care packages were even being received. While the Soldiers' Angels website emphasizes the importance of keeping up the flow of mail even though you may never hear back from your soldier, it's still admittedly hard to do. In my last letter, I decided to at least include my e-mail address.
Yesterday, I woke up to see that I had an e-mail from my soldier! He was so glad I had given him the e-mail address and was apologetic that he hadn't been able to get stamps to mail anything back to me. He was so appreciative of the letters and care packages. I've now learned so much more about his family, his interests, and even a little about what his unit is doing in Afghanistan. As I wrote back today, I had so much more energy and enthusiasm as there was so much for us to talk about.
I'll continue to send him some letters via "snail mail" because I know it's still important to have the experience of receiving mail; and of course I'll continue to send care packages. Now I can create packages that are more tailored to his needs and wants. In the meantime, though, score one for the value of technology in helping to bring people together!