Thursday, June 21, 2012
Today was my day to send another letter to my adopted soldier in Afghanistan. It's been a busy time for me and my family and so I had lots to tell him about. And how about this small world story: it seems that a close friend of my soldier from his high school in Kentucky happens to be someone who was on my son Ben's trip around the world; in fact, Ben and this young woman were good friends! What are the chances of that?!
I've come to really enjoy writing to him, and I particularly look forward to his responses. I know it means a lot for him to get mail (e-mail as well as physical mail) from home. It's actually a fascinating process to get to know someone only through the mail - never having met them before. I so much look forward to meeting him in person later this fall when his tour of duty is officially over. He is truly a believer in serving others and he's a remarkable young man. I hear so many people lament that the "younger generation" lacks a sense of purpose or conviction. However, I see many young people, my soldier friend being just one of them, who are devoted to making the world a better place. Perhaps we see what we're looking for. I'm looking for good and see it all around me.