Back in September of last year, we sent a few packages of comfort items from home to a soldier we knew serving in Iraq.
Yesterday a package arrived from the soldiers Mom in Australia with some gift items for the girls and a nice card thanking us for the kind gesture we made toward her son last year.
I'm happy to report that the young marine is doing well and even though he didn't make it stateside for the holidays, he did make it back to his folks in Caringbah NSW where he went shopping and picked up a bunch of Aussie themed "prezzys" for the girls.
Among other items, the box of goodies contained their first glimpse of a stuffed kookaburra, platypus, echidna, and something that looks like an Aussie version of a capybara (wombat).
Along with the stuffies were a couple of Aussie flag caps, some tattoos, magnets, stickers and a bunch of sea shells which threw C into a whirlwind of emotion and commotion as she played "got it - don't got it - got it -don't got it" with each and every one.
Gonna have to find somewhere to put her vast shell collection.
And what Aussie gift pack would be complete without a jar or tube of this tasty bread spread...
Yep, our girls are going to get their first taste of the slimy brown yeast-whiz so popular with the youth of Australia.
I'll of course have their ACT fluoride rinse and toothbrushes ready and loaded to bear on hand for the inevitable American-post-Vegemite-consumption reaction. Those of us who sought out and tried the stuff after listening to the Men at Work croon about it in the classic 80's hit, "I Come from a Land Down Under," know exactly what I'm talking about.
It's an acquired taste.
We're starting to put together another package for the young Marine who is now stationed in Afghanistan, although seeing as how his home turf is the land down under, I'm not sure if our "taste of home" items we sent last time around actually gave him a true taste of his home.