To Africa, "With Love"
--by sirlancalot, posted Mar 8, 2009
I'm in Africa right now on a peace-keeping mission with the Army. This is my 5th deployment and I volunteered for every one of them (sort of). Anyway, this story is not about me or the army or even Africa for that matter. It's about the way people can become karma aides even when they are in need of it themselves.
I subscribed to this online program for soldiers, where we put our addresses on the website and random people write to us and send care packages and thank you letters. I got one the other day that was a letter from a lady living in Pennsylvania. She was thanking us for all we do and telling us how much she prays for the troops. This lady is originally from Russia, married an American soldier and moved to Pennsylvania. She explained all of this in her letter.
I was moved by the compassion and the thoughtfulness of her words. The letter went on to explain that she lives with her husband's family. I was knocked over when she told us her husband died a month ago and he was heavily into supporting the troops through this program when he retired from the military. She said his family became her family and they didn't want her to go back to Russia. She wrote that she will continue what her husband started because it was her way of honoring him and his memory.
I wrote her back a poem (ask and I will share it with you) and told her that her words were more than thanks enough to us. I thanked her instead and that was from Africa, with love. Funny how people who are in need of good karma still manage to give some away.
And, by the way, i applaud your giving of yourself in time and body, to help in africa. Many blessings towards you. And many prayers, as well.