As we roll into month six of the new normal, we’re thinking about what we’ve been doing and how we’re connecting. Pandemic pastimes are as varied as the individuals who practice them. For a lot of us, binging on Netflix, doomscrolling, cooking, taking long walks, and working on jigsaw puzzles have made the list. There’s another activity that’s gained popularity over the last several months. The act of composing and sending handwritten letters has seen a definite uptick since social distancing became the norm.
For some, it started with writing to grandparents they couldn’t visit in person due to health concerns. A letter is a tangible expression that someone was thinking of you and took the time to let you know it. A phone call is great, of course, but it can’t be revisited in the same way that words on paper can.
Others have reconnected with old friends via snail mail. Jordan Salama wrote a beautiful opinion piece, You Should Start Writing Letters, in The New York Times. He describes the impact of receiving a letter from an old childhood friend in March. The pleasure of that connection spurred him on to reach out to other folks near and far.
He writes, “But like so many other things in this otherwise-terrifying global quarantine, I’ve found writing letters to be wonderful in the simplest of ways. For each one, I sit at our dining room table for the better part of an hour, away from my phone and computer, with only a sheet or two of blank white printer paper in front of me.”
Caitlin Fairchild includes helpful reasons and resources for initiating a written correspondence habit in her article, Letter Writing is the Perfect Hobby for COVID-19. The piece offers advice on how to write a good letter, along with links to a wide variety of organizations that elevate letter-writing to an act of compassion as well as connection.
For instance, senior centers across the country have set up pen pal programs to combat loneliness. And the nonprofit Free Minds Book Club connects letter writers with incarcerated people to share inspiration through reading, writing, and poetry.
If you’re thinking letter-writing sounds like a possible addition to your roster of pandemic pursuits, might we suggest that you treat yourself to some beautiful stationery from our awesome F Project founders?
Kalyn Johnson Chandler founded Effie’s Papers: Stationery & Whatnot as a loving tribute to the grandmother who taught her all about style and panache, and the importance of a well-timed note. Check out her boxed stationery and notepads and other beautiful objects, including the Black Girl Magic Collection.
Ksenia Phillips is the artist responsible for the stunning designs on Darling Lemon’s greeting cards, notepads, and framed art. Ksenia also creates one-of-a-kind artwork for clients interested in special-themed stationery and other pieces.
Some stamps, a pen, the thoughts in your head, and some lovely notecards from our founders…that’s all you need to make a difference in someone’s day! (At the very least, it promises to be a more satisfying way to spend a half hour than watching another episode of Real Housewives.)
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