Today we went shopping for stuff to put into a care package for our Son who is in the army and can now get care packages since he is in AIT training. It was a lot of fun, my wife and I went to Fry’s electronics and to the dollar store.
For me Fry’s electronics is like a geek Disneyland!
That’s all good and fine you say, but what is the big deal about getting my Son a care package? Wel, for starters this is the first time we will be able to send him something more than a letter. When I was in the army (for a short time) no one ever sent me a care package. Did it upset me? Not really. At the time being in the army upset me. My choice was poor, and it changed the course of my life.
So at Fry’s I picked up three movies for his PSP 3000. Awesome stuff for an awesome guy! I also got him some ‘parentally suggested’ stuff. Portable Kleenex pouches, some q-tips and chap-stick! Now I have to find a box to put it all in, and then head out to the post office and mail it. My wife and I discussed sending him condoms (my suggestion), but she said they probably have them available to the troops…. in thinking about it, I don’t want to encourage him to loose his focus on training, the job he picked has a very high wash-out rate.
I also went looking at Fry’s for a TV for him. He had his mother ship out his xbox-360 and he needs something to connect to it to play his games. And of course eventually watch the news and programs on it. He doesn’t have cable where he is at, but he can sign up for wi-fi based internet connectivity (that’s 40 bucks a month). So next month after he gets paid we’ll shop for a laptop for him. He told me that he wished that I was there helping him make some choices, I told him that I could help him from afar and we could get his stuff shipped to him from anywhere.
The only thing I am concerned about is him losing his stuff. He lives in a dorm room, but he said that he could lock his TV up in his locker – no problem. We’ll see how it all goes, I’m sure I’ll post something about it if something bad happens.