I’m not sure I would consider any of Taylor’s schooling to be easy but Prototype has by far been the worst…for both him and me. I’m seriously lucky if I get three texts from him a day because he is either sleeping or working twelve hour shift which is no fault of his own. But I always feel bad. I wish I could do something to help him: Fold his laundry, do the dishes maybe, make a lunch for him. So, I did the next best thing and made a care package.
I’m always a sucker for themed care packages and deciding what theme to do for this one was easy. Every time I ask him how he is he simply replies, “tired.” So, boom. One caffeine care package coming right up.
Decorating was simple but cute! I remembered seeing this saying on a card at the grocery store the other day so I used it. Just bought a few sheets of card stock to cover the sides and cut out the lettering and simply printed the coffee mug off of the internet. That was that for the decorating!
What to put in it was kind of hard, however, considering Taylor isn’t much of a coffee or tea person. So, I went to Walmart in search of something else that would help him out.
First off, the boring items. I bought him a little tube of toothpaste, some deodorant that smelled like heaven and a Star Wars toothbrush that I thought might make him smile. I figure he doesn’t have a lot of time or energy to go out and buy these things so I just delivered them to his door instead.
Next came the food. I found these strange granola bars with caffeine and vitamins in them so I thought a box of those could be helpful. Also, gum, KIND bars, Cliff bars, some Skippy peanut butter bites and, of course, a box of his beloved popcorn. All healthy choices that have a little fuel to keep him going.
All of my items came to about 26 dollars at Walmart. Not too shabby.
Also, for our one year anniversary I bought him this picture frame for his dog that recently passed away. However, I ordered it a little too late and my mom said it was delivered to our house right after she got home from driving me to the airport to go see him…whoops. So, I included it in this care package instead.
I ordered the picture from BrandonScottAD, a lovely little Etsy store that I had come across. I paid $22.91 for it and it couldn’t have come out better. So, I picked a picture of Goose off of his Facebook page and sent that along with everything else.
Last but not least, I also sent him card. Last weekend was a good friend’s birthday and all of the Taylor’s friends and old co-workers were going to be there. So, I brought a blank card and had everyone sign (even people he didn’t really know) wishing him happy birthday along with whatever else they wanted to tell him.
While I can’t be there to give him hugs on a rough day or iron his uniform for him, there is always something that can be done to help. My care package, including shipping costs, decorating and what went inside was about 30 dollars. A small price to pay to help out someone you love and remind them that you care.