Thursday, August 6, 2009

Going Postal

Big props to anyone who has ever sent a a care package to my husband while he was deployed. Thank you.

I experienced a bit of "shell shock" last week when I went to the post office to ship hubby a couple of boxes. I was used to sending care packages from Germany--through the MPS (Military Postal System). Basically from one APO address to another APO address = free shipping. All I needed to do ahead of time was fill out the customs form. And I kept a stack of those in the house. My spoiled husband received at least one box a week from his loving wife and kids during his last deployment.

So when it came time to mail him his first set of care packages of this deployment, I dutifully bought the big roll of brown paper and packaging tape and commenced to wrap the perfect boxes. I proudly loaded them into the van and headed over to the local post office. A few things that would have been nice to know ahead of time would be:

(A) The green customs forms are obsolete for shipping downrange from stateside. So I had to redo both of them.

(B) Brown paper packages are apparently very 2006. The Post Office has "Flat Rate" APO/AFO boxes that would have saved me a little money on shipping...which brings me to (C)

(C) Shipping those boxes cost me a small fortune--more than the value of the items inside.

As I walked away from the counter with my wallet a little lighter than I had anticipated, I came to the conclusion that less is more. Once a week is definitely overkill.

Well, earlier this week J asked me to send him more of his favorite foot cream. My first thought was "has it been a week already?" But I sucked it up, bought the cream, and headed back to the post office ~ definitely a little wiser and more prepared this time.

Counter Guy: You'll be sending this 'Priority'?

Me (not about to get duped again): Oh no. Just send it the cheapest way.

Counter Guy (with furrowed brow): You sure about that?

By this time, his co-worker had wandered over.

Counter Guy to Co-Worker: Hey man--she wants to send this the cheapest way. Does she WANT the man's feet to fall off before he gets his cream?

Co-Worker: Ha! Send it that way and the war will be over before he even gets it. He'll be on his way home--with no feet! And not even combat-related...shaking his head

By this time, I was doubled over laughing.

Counter Guy: Your man's fighting a war in the desert and you want to send him some relief by BOAT...

Me: OK! OK! Put it on a plane! Just put it on a plane!

That seemed to appease the Postal Gods. They accepted my sacrifice and it should arrive in 5-7 working days. J's feet rejoice!


Janis said...


Bethann said...

Too funny..

Jinjue said...

LOL! You are one amazing wife, and I'm sure your hubby greatly appriciates you sending it air and not boat :)

Michele said...

Ahhhhhh....I am sure James and his feet appreciate you :)