How do you write a letter you don't expect a response to?

@maezee (31552)
United States
September 28, 2009 10:38pm CST
I mentioned in another discussion that I adopted 2 soldiers from adoptaussoldier.org recently, and in every package I try to include a letter. This is where the tough part comes in: thinking of something to WRITE about! I've never been all that good with talking about myself, and I would imagine that a soldier who doesn't even know you really doesn't care to read all about someone they don't know. Something that makes it more difficult is that it's not like writing a letter to a penpal; where you can expect a response, and therefore don't feel silly in asking questions and initiating a conversation of sorts (in writing). With adopting soldiers, you really can never expect a response - a lot of them don't have the time and resources to write letters - and also, a lot of them choose not to for whatever reason. I can't help but ask questions in my letters, though. Do you think this is weird? I want to seem interested in their lives and army experiences - but I don't want to have them feel like I EXPECT or am DEMANDING a response out of them. So, should I be asking questions in my letters, then? And what else can I talk about? Current events? My political views? My favorite TV show? I'm really and truly at a loss. Any help you can give would be great.
3 responses
@StarBright (2799)
• United States
29 Sep 09
I'm confused. The title says "adopt a us soldier" Adopt means to "take into one's family. How are you going to take these men into your family if you remain aloof from them? A letter may be too much. Lots of people are intimidated by long letters. Buy a card, write a few words of gratitude and encouragement in the margins. Add something like "Let me know you're OK. Stay in touch." Include a smaller blank self-addressed card. If you hear back, then you know he or she wants to communicate.
@spalladino (17926)
• United States
29 Sep 09
I just asked my husband's opinion, because he's a vet, and he said that you would be surprised what a soldier finds interesting while away from home. He misses everything familiar so even a letter from a total stranger talking about who they are and where they live...what they like to do...reminds him of home and is comforting...and appreciated.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
29 Sep 09
I would just offer your personal gratitude and well wishes if you want to keep it simple. sometimes some encouragement does wonders. I wouldn't feel too hesitant to put tell them about who you are a bit, besides, you might be suprised and actualy get a response, you never know.