I decided with Halloween just leaving us, and Thanksgiving right around the corner it’s about time I sent my Dad a care package. I decided to mix the holidays together, with the understanding that it will probably not get to him until after Thanksgiving.
I first decided that with Halloween in mind, sending him a bag of his favorite candy was a must, even though he told me not to. Along with candy I decided a Philadelphia favorite snack to remind him a bit of home. I also got him a box of Cliff bars in his favorite flavor, just to even out the junk food.
Growing up my dad always had a stack of National Geographic magazines, although I know he prefers Business Week it’s a little hard to send a weekly magazine when you know it’ll be almost 2 months out of date by the time it gets there. National Geographic is something I know he’ll enjoy.
Lately I’ve been hearing from my dad how cold it’s gotten in Northern Afghanistan, about 50°, the same as our classic New Jersey fall. I went to Target and picked up what I found to be a comfortable, yet sporty jacket that I know will keep him warm while away and when he comes home. It’s a Champion jacket with a fleece inner-layer, cost around $40.00 and is great if you’re looking to send your loved one a sporty light jacket while he’s away.
I sent my dad two cards, one for Halloween and one for Thanksgiving, each describing in their own themed way how much I miss him during these times. Fall in New Jersey is my favorite time of year, and more than ever I wish he was here to enjoy it with me.
Last but not least, I had to include a couple of pictures. My dad missed out on a family wedding in October, and although he saw all the pictures through Facebook, I included a few in the package.
I’m hoping my package reaches my Dad and touches his heart. All of the things included were chosen to make him smile and look forward for his short return on December 20th.