So, I totally meant to blog about this earlier, and me being in tunnel vision/end of the semester mode it totally fell WAY off my radar... So *sheepish grin* here it goes!
I was waiting in line to mail a care package for LT last week since I knew he was probably getting replaced as a PL soon, and wanted to send him a little something to brighten his spirits. I also went a little crazy with the baking, so I thought I'd share with him and his guys. I get to the post office with all my goodies in tow because I forgot I ran out of boxes and customs forms (bad girlfriend, I know). I also managed to forget the cute note card I always make for the address, I was truly in fine form that evening.
I was standing in line at the on-campus post office when I notice an ROTC cadet walk into the lobby. He was in his "fuzzy" uniform as LT used to call it, so it was a dead give away- oh and that nifty ROTC patch on the right shoulder. Anyways, I get called up, and I'm talking to the post office lady who knows me quite well by now. She asked how LT was doing if I had heard anything new and all the usual questions. The ROTC guy then interrupts and asks something along the line of, "are you sending that to a deployed soldier" I replied yes I was and he then ever so politely asked if he could pay for the postage. I asked if he was sure and he was, so he stepped on up and paid for it for me!
I was so touched by what he then said next, he said "The soldiers over there are often forgotten after the holidays and I wanted to show my appreciation, just be sure to say thank you and to let him know we still appreciate everything they are doing. I just hope when I deploy I have someone who would do the same for me." At this point, I lost it as did the post office lady. I started getting all misty eyed and gave him a big hug and said thank you. I was so touched that a college student would show that much gratitude to someone they don't even know. I mailed the rest of my things and he and I chatted a bit before we both had to go our separate ways. It was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done, and I only wish the box wasn't all sealed up so the ROTC cadet could have slipped a quick note in there.
Doesn't this just give you the warm fuzzies? I made my day, and I'm still waiting on hearing how LT reacted to the news.