HINESVILLE, Ga. -- A few weeks ago, newlywed Jane Efinger-Hayden mailed her husband an 18-inch artificial Christmas tree strung with fake pearls and dangling hearts and an ornament that says it all: "Our First Christmas Together."
The last time the 32-year-old Mrs. Efinger-Hayden saw her husband was at noon on Aug. 24 through a fence at a Savannah, Ga., airfield as Sgt. 1st Class Daniel R. Hayden departed for Saudi Arabia. Hours earlier, the feisty secretary had a priest bless Sergeant Hayden's St. Christopher medal and dog tags: There was no reason, she figured, not to cover the bases.
"I've gotten 53 letters so far," said Mrs. Efinger-Hayden, who writes her husband daily. "Three phone calls, one roll of film, a message in the local paper, a military telegram and a flower delivery for my birthday. One day recently, he wrote that sometimes when he's alone in the early morning, and if it's a pretty sunrise, he'll say good morning to me aloud. Those are the letters you live for."