The good deed for the day was...to write a letter to a soldier. :)
WIN! WIN! WIN!
I don't know if I was just being overly diligent in my planning the good deeds based on the days of the calendar or if I just got really really lucky. Hmm...let's just go with the former.
So, we spent our breakfast talking about the kids' great-grandfathers, grandfather, uncles and cousins, who have all served in our military. We talked about the troops coming home by Christmas. We talked about the wounded soldiers at Walter Reed. And we talked about bravery, and courage, and patriotism.
Then they debated the kinds of pictures that were appropriate to draw on the back of the card, not knowing which soldier might receive their card -- could be male or female, could celebrate Christmas or Hannukah or Kwanzaa or nothing at all, could be currently fighting or maybe already wounded in a hospital or never have seen a fight at all, could have family and friends waiting for them or not, could miss being home or not, could be older or younger, highly educated or fresh off the streets. There really was no telling.
And they sat there, with their pen in hand, unsure of where to begin. Unsure of how to be so generic and still make it personal. How do you make it mean something specific when it could mean any number of things to so many different people?
So, what's the common denominator, they kept asking.
Turns out, the common denominator is YOU, I finally realized. YOU are grateful for the work they do. YOU are happy they help provide you the wonderful life you live. YOU are in awe of their bravery and selfless service and strength. YOU are proud to say you're American. And YOU want them to know they are appreciated and never forgotten.
And after finally sorting out the incorrect address issue making its way through Facebook (i.e., don't send mail directly to Walter Reed Hospital), we were able to finish our letters this morning, stamp 'em, and pop 'em in the mailbox to:
HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROESFYI --- they have to be postmarked by this Friday, Dec 9th if you hope for them to actually reach a soldier before Christmas.
PO BOX 5456
CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD 20791-5456
Thank you for all you do, who you are, and what you represent. We remember.