“I think I became a writer because I used to write letters to my friends, and I used to love writing them. I loved the idea that you can put marks on a page and send it off, and two days later, someone laughs somewhere else in the world.“David Nicholls
In my previous blog post, I mentioned my love of letter writing and the importance of letter writing. Writing on paper with a pen keeps the mind calm and relaxed. However, in our current world health situation, a virtual letter can be a gentle hug to the soul since the postal system is not working as well everywhere in the world. My Instagram friend Giulia started a virtual letter swap (back in March 2020) and has invited many friends to respond to her virtual letter about the unprecedented time we are all currently in. You can view her letter here.
Here was my letter in reply:
It is a strange time indeed. I hope that you are keeping well. The days are feeling strangely the same being indoors, sometimes I got up in the morning and forgot what day it is. Lots of changes to our daily routine that we needed to adjust to, like setting up a corner to be “mummy school” for home-schooling my children. I have to say that suddenly being a full-time teacher is quite challenging. My husband had to create a little office corner with just a table and chair in our bedroom to work from home.
With everything going on, I do believe that we have a lot to be grateful for. I try to look at the positivity of things: I’m enjoying seeing the development of my children in activities that they normally do in school, I get to be a part of it now and get to watch their progress which I normally only get in reports by the teachers. I’m also happy that my husband is home and I’m enjoying that I don’t have to drive through the morning busyness to drop my children at school and that I can just put on-at-home clothes. It also tests me on my own ability in terms of managing this situation, caring for my family, and homeschooling my children. I like to think that once we get through this phase, we will actually come out stronger and better on the other side.
By staying at home and adjusting to the new norm, we are helping to flatten the curve and for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable. That is what is important now and it is amazing to see that we are all globally coming together as one focusing on a common goal. My friend, I hope you stay positive, be safe, and keep healthy. Let’s support one another, we will get through this together.
My friend has now compiled all the letter replies and posted them on her blog. Check it out here. Thank you for dropping by my blog and reading my letter. I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Take care! 🙂