And I know this because I just emptied my post box to find a returned letter.
A Returned letter from "over there"
I focused just on the "return to Australia" and the address all crossed out in black and broke out in a cold sweat - hands shaking - heart thundering. Chaotic thoughts rolling through my brain that it was returned because something Bad or Worse had happened to one "my" adoptees.
After what felt like an eternity - but was probably only a minute or two - my eyes refocused enough to realise that it was a letter address to "C". Instant relief as I'd seen him post on his Facebook account just yesterday.
So thank you over-efficient Mail workers of the USA Army - I'm sure that my letter arriving 3 or so days after C's unit was moved to another base obviously put it into the "suspect" box. I really REALLY hope that none of C's nearest & dearest had the same thing occur - at least my hearts working fine enough to cope.