Along with those gifts I found a cute & cuddly toy to send to a young Marine (a RAK - random act of kindness - for a young man known to a blogger friend of mine). Hopefully it will make him smile
***I can afford to send an additional 10 or so Christmas cards next week [it's Aust $2.20 to post each card so you can see why I need to budget] so if you know a deployed service member that would like a random "oooh mail from Australia!" - drop me a note at my email account. email@example.com. You will need to include a valid mailing address but I promise to keep them all confidential to protect the OpSec***
In other news - I've added a link in my side bar for the fantastic "Cup of Joe for a Joe" coffee program that Green Beans Coffee runs. Usual disclaimer that they aren't paying me anything to advertise for them - I just think this is a great way to show deployed military that people care about them. For every US $2 that you donate, it's $2 off the service persons drink of choice. And sometimes you receive an email saying thanks [fangirl squee... my last 'thank you' note came from a Colonel at Camp Phoenix. That's my very first ranking officer encounter. Painless one too :D]
I've made a few lovely friends from the CoJ system - those few that have asked me to write back and aren't
- A) hoping I'm single, young & exciting (sorry the reality is that I am... involved... older... tireder... and a bit dull) and
- B) hoping I match their viewpoints exactly on religion/sports/politics (all three points I prefer not to talk about - religion & politics because I think each to their own; and sport because I am both inept AND Australian... although I have a wondrous fascination for Ice Hockey :D).
Actually I do worry sometimes about how many people seem to see the Milsupport idea as a
"great way to hook up with someone".I *have* learnt to not reply to any email requests originating from anyone with an email address including the words "PlayaDude...." - so I guess it's a good learning curve :)
Those that I write to / send parcels to / say prayers for - definitely hold a place in my heart but it's not Loooove, Love... Ya know? (It *is* however "Love" - unconditional caring involving thought, some financial sacrifice and the investment of time). I don't find that I can switch off caring for someone simply because they are home safe & now not on my list of "must communicate with". So I'll keep saying a quiet prayer for all "my" troops (and their friends - Hi D!! :D) - and hope that the downunder "warm & fuzzies" help to make a difference on the bad days.
Pax over & out for today.
**I would like to state for the record that "Living in Sin" sounds far more decadent & exciting that reality has it :(