I’ve written before about discovering the letters my grandfather wrote to my grandmother while stationed in France and Germany during World War II ( you can read about them here, here and here), and what a treasure it has been to read through those letters. They’ve given me a window into the past that history books, or even news articles from that time, could never offer. I’ve learned about their personal hopes and fears, what they saw, and how they managed each day. I’ve read those letters dozens of times, and they never get old to me. They make me feel close to grandparents in a way I never did while they were living.
It occurred to me the other day that it would be such a shame if what we handed down to future generations of our time spent living through a historic global pandemic was nothing more than our memes (as funny as they are) and our social media rants. So, I’ve decided to keep a journal of our daily lives during quarantine. The writing is simple. It’s not meant for publication. It’s meant only for posterity, and there is great freedom in that.
I’d love for you to join me in this “Quarantine Writing Project”. Write about the ways in which you and your family fill the long hours of each day. Or write about your hopes and fears. Write about the things you’ve witnessed (good or bad). Write something funny. Or write about the things for which you’ve learned to be grateful during this difficult time. It doesn’t matter what you write about, but I guarantee someone will be so glad to read it both now and in years to come.
I’ll post a journal entry this upcoming Wednesday, April 8th. If you do the same and link back to my post, we can all read what you have written and share in the experience together. Don’t have a blog? No worries! Feel free to post your journal entry in the comments. I hope you’ll join me!