Showing Care With Care Packages
This post is for all the moms who worry about their kids (which means it’s for all the moms of the world).
My mother is one of them. I don’t know what happened, but after I left home my freshman year, she changed from the most relaxed human being on Earth to the typical mom who wants a heads-up every half an hour.
As the years went by, she was able to learn to keep the empty-nest syndrome under control, but she still would like me to call home at least every day.
I had a roommate in Italy whose mother called at every meal, just to know what her baby had for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’m sure you know that food is a big deal for Italians, and many moms send packages of food to comfort stressed students trying to survive final exams.
I thought that this was something that characterized only Italian mothers but when I came here I found out that American moms also think their little kid is going to starve if they don’t send food.
The easiest way to do that is to send a care package. Since World War II, care packages have been one of the most common ways that families have shown affection to their loved ones who are far away.
I had no idea, but the first care packages were boxes full of non-perishable food items that were prepared for the U.S. Army at the end of WWII in case of an invasion of Japan. That didn’t happen so a lot of American families bought those boxes and sent them to family, friends or displaced people in Europe.
As a matter of fact, even if you didn’t know the address of the beneficiary, the humanitarian organization CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere) guaranteed to find the person and deliver the package. So sending care packages also became a way to find missing people in the mayhem left by the war in Europe.
My family lives more than a couple of hours away from San Angelo, (more like 5,000 miles away), and one of my secret wishes while being here was to receive a surprise package from home.
That never happened. To my disappointment, my family didn’t even put a nice card in the envelope in which they sent me a hat and gloves for the winter.
The disappointment got worse as I witnessed my friends opening care packages with sparkles of joy in their eyes, receiving their favorite candies or homemade brownies and cookies from their moms.
My envy peaked when a friend’s mom sent her her favorite Hoodie-Footie when the weather forecast was for the first of many frosty days to come. (I have to confess that having a Hoodie-Footie is another of my secret wishes).
Angelo State offers the convenience of sending care packages through On Campus Market, a website that, besides having a lot of deals on bedding and useful things for your room/apartment, also has a section dedicated to care packages and gifts.
At this website, busy mothers who don’t have much time to prepare a care package can choose from a wide range of pre-made packages for their student. Besides the traditional candies and brownies, they can find themed packages for every need that their son/daughter has, like the Workout-aholic, the Simply Vegan or even gluten-free options.
These last items may sound silly. We are college students and we don’t need our moms to send us teddy bears and pajamas. But in the end, a care package is just another way for our loved ones to let us know they are thinking about us and they miss us.