When a friend is down and out, my mind jumps to the care package. That little box, unexpected as it is, can fill a heart with joy and a tummy with goodies.
I love care packages. Granted, I don’t get them often now that I am an adult living in the US surrounded by the little treats that cheer and warm, but when I was in Prague, I loved receiving my care package, my box of love, from home! These boxes always contained the little something’s that would cheer – a letter, a book, a fun bookmark. Just little things my mom would throw into a box knowing that it would warm my heart.
Honestly, not only do I love getting care packages, but… I love sending them that much more.
I am excited for the chance to send such boxes to the Diva when she is away from more than just a night (I might be waiting a very long time). While I am waiting for that opportunity, I am happy to send a package here and there when a friend is down, in need, or just because I find something that strikes my fancy… something that says “send me!”
The Southern Charmer was teaching in Asia. Remembering that he has a thing for sweets, I baked him a wonderful batch of brownies with lots of chocolate. A Swedish guy received half of the batch as he was studying lots and care packages always help in the studying process.
The best thing about a care package is not the size. Wonderful things can come in tiny packages (despite popular belief!). It probably isn’t even what is included – though the treasures can be vast and varied and fun and thoughtful.
The best part of the care package though, is the knowledge that someone out in the world cares about you’d. They are thinking about you and hoping that you are well. Not only are they thinking about you, but they have taken the time to put this treasure chest of stuff into a container of sorts and drop it into the mail. That is just a nice feeling to have – it warms the heart because it is just nice. It is just a friendly thought; a caring thought from out of the blue!
Sometimes I wonder if there are virtual care packages. You know, the unexpected e-mail that says “I found a quote today that reminded me of you” or the e-mail note or card that is completely unexpected and says “Hey, I thought of you… how are you?” Or even a phone call? Can that message from someone be a bit of a care package in its own right?
After all, it is not the contents but the thought. It is knowing that there is someone out there sending good vibes and happy wishes your direction.
And who doesn’t like knowing that some where, out there, someone cares!