As some of you know, my brother is a member of the Air Force. He has traveled to many places throughout out his career---some exotic, some not so much. Currently he is finishing a tour in one of those not-so-exotic places. I think it's safe to say that it has been his least favorite location so far. He has been counting down the days since his arrival and is now only about a week away from departure. Thank goodness!
Anyway, at first I didn't really consider the power of snail mail. You know, the paper stuff that needs a stamp? I was sending emails..we even Skyped. But about 4 months in, I noticed a definite change of tone when talking with my brother. He sounded very down. It was then that I resolved to start sending him mail. The kind where he gets to hear his name during mail call. The kind letting everyone around know that someone cares about you and that you are loved. That you are not as forgotten as you may feel.
This is the latest card I made for him. It should arrive very soon if it hasn't already. We have all been writing a small message in the cards I've sent so that he knows this whole family loves, misses and appreciates him. I hope they have helped. Soon you will be home, Derek. Hold onto that thought!