Over my 20 years of existence, I've noticed something odd when it came to my choice of friends. Most of the ones that I keep really close to my heart are miles away from me. This also holds true for the one person who actually has my heart, N. In the three years that we've been together, I had to think of a number of ways to bridge the distance between us. One of them would be sending packages and handwritten missives. We've grown quite used to exchanging gifts in the mail, so it's sometimes just an ordinary thing to us.
This time, I decided to send him a care package ala The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. If you're unfamiliar with this Youtube sensation, it's a modern take on Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. It's really funny, so I highly recommend it if you're a fan or if you're looking for a good laugh. Going back, in one of the episodes, Lizzie decides to send her sister, Jane, a care package to cheer her up. Accordingly, there are three parts to a perfect care package: fun, food and love. I kept these things in mind while preparing one for N.
Fun. I was racking my brains out about this part. It's a good thing that the nerd in me thought of something ingenious - a book! I picked a Bob Ong title because he's a funny yet sensible author and his books are short enough for non-hardcore readers. I thought it would be perfect to give N a book that would take his mind off the stress that school brings. Hopefully, he'll have fun reading it.
Food. This part would have to be the easiest. Since I was in Cebu while I was planning for this care package, I decided to get food items that were made in the city. Luckily, chicharon is also his favorite so I'm sure it will definitely put a smile on his face.
Love. Honestly, this was as difficult as the Fun aspect of the package. Well, not until I thought of writing him a message. After all, there's no better way of showing someone how much you love them than conveying your feelings through words.
Side note: Never ever just sign a pre-made card before giving it to someone. That's unromantic. Always take the time to write something personal and heartfelt. Your own words would mean so much more than the ones printed on the card itself.
Care packages aren't strictly for significant others, as what Lizzie proved in her videos. You can also prepare one for a friend or a family member. It's a great way to show someone how much you care no matter how far away they are. Also, it requires a lot of thought to prepare one, so the person you're sending a care package to can really see the effort you exerted just to make him/her happy.
Have you thought of someone you'd like to send a care package to? :)