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What’s in Dad’s care package

Submitted by on Sunday, 6 June 2010 2 Comments
This package fell in a week when we had six baseball games, a preschool "congraduation," a first-grade party, a baseball party and four karate classes. My brain was fried, so I turned the shopping over to Boots.

I think he picked every treat that had been in a snack bag for the entire baseball and soccer season.

Pretzels: A 10-pack of individual packages that survived the trip pretty well. Dad grossed everyone out by dipping them in the accompanying hot sauce. No, that one hadn't been in Boots' snack bags, but he knows Daddy loves his hot sauce.

Nutrigrain bars: A 16-bar package of strawberry. "That's my favorite, so Daddy will like it," Boots said.

Raisins and yogurt-covered raisins: Boots discovered the latter toward the end of baseball season. It probably will be the last chocolate- or yogurt-covered stuff we send for a while now that the temperatures are in the 100s here and there.

Pineapple: A 20-ounce can. Also not from the sports-snack assortment, but Boots remembers Dad raiding my upsidedown-cake stash in the dead of night.

Bumblebee Chicken Salad with Crackers: We needed something to balance out all the sweets, especially since Dad has forbidden any future shipments of the Bumblebee Spicy Thai Chili Tuna Salad. Victory is mine. I've finally found something that's so hot he can't stand it.

Sunscreen sticks: From the looks of Dad's nose on Skype this morning, he's not using it.

The "pizza rock": A thin triangular wedge that we found hiking around the post here. Boots was convinced that Daddy would love it.

Paydays: Two bars to fulfill the weekly Recommended Dad Allowance.

The guys' journals plus some school projects.

The weekly puzzles.

Copyright 2010 Debra Legg. All rights reserved.

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  • Leslie K said:

    My soldier leaves for Afghanistan in three weeks. Do you send the care packages to the APO address or will he have a new one to give us once he is there? Will he be able to take his laptop or will there be a place he can get to SKYPE – like a ‘Soldier’s Place to Skype So Their Aunt Won’t Lose Her Mind’ cafe….help!

  • Debra said:

    I’m betting he’ll get a new APO address, and, yes, you can send the care packages to it. FYI, there’s a discount rate on Priority Mail large boxes to APO addresses, so if your post office doesn’t know about it, ASK!

    Yes, he’ll be able to take his laptop, and he might not even need a converter. At my husband’s operating base, they’re wired for American current. At many posts, they can get Net service in their rooms for $30 to $100 a month. Tell him to definitely go for the $100 package. Dad’s fairly thrifty but agrees with me on the need for this one – the system’s a bit creaky even at that rate, so I can’t imagine how slooooooooooooooooooow it would be on the $30 service.