Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Operation: MOM

The good folks at Operation: MOM in California (of whom I've written before), recently sent a boatload of boxes filled with goodies for the troops. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

(I'm especially grateful for the box from Jim and Beverly, addressed to me in particular. You two are the best!)

Among the most well-received (which is saying a LOT, seeing as the vultures descended as soon as they heard the boxes were in, and practically ransacked my office in the effort to "get there before the selfish people do") have been the bright red Operation: MOM heart-shaped "stress balls." OpMOM sent us several boxes of those things, which has made it possible for us to have a lot of fun with them.

Because the Soldiers working the night shift so often seem to get left out of things, SFC McG has made sure to make passes through the Tactical Operations Center (TOC) in the middle of the night, throwing them to the highest reaches of the five-tiered room. (He's got a great arm!)

As he moves about the building (and battlespace, for that matter) at other times, he often has several in the cargo pockets of his Army Combat Uniform (ACU), and can be heard asking otherwise unsuspecting personnel, "Do you have your heart yet?"

Thanks, Operation: MOM for your many kindnesses thus far, and especially for *your* hearts.

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ
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