“I look forward to reading it, because you always know
just what to say. PRESSURE'S ON.”
— my sister Cindy, when I told her I was writing a newsletter
I keep seeing people online talking about companies sending out covid-19 emails. Most complaints are along the lines of “I got an email from a company I bought a mattress from 13 years ago!” I’ve been hesitant to reach out because, sisterly confidence aside, I do not, indeed, know what to say.
And I think that’s fine. How would I? We’re kind of off the edge of the map right now. I will now quote Chuck Wendig, who is good at swearing, so maybe squint if that bothers you:
“We’re all knocked off balance, like someone just kicked your bike as you were riding it. You ended up in the ditch. We’re all in the ditch with you. It’s okay to just sit here in the ditch for a while and say, “Fuck.” It’s okay to wait before you stretch, before you stand up with a groan and see what’s broken. It’s okay to sit on your couch and gorge on bad TV. It’s okay to read a shitty book. It’s okay to not finish the shitty book. It’s okay to let your kids be kids and just tell them they’re on spring break right now.” — Chuck Wendig, from “It’s Okay That You’re Not Okay.”
I feel a tiny bit better the past few days since I’ve found something helpful to do: making masks. Mike and I are making cotton masks and donating them to local people, groups, and hospitals. (If you haven’t heard, there’s a large online movement of folks doing this.) Right now we’re using a bunch of quilting cotton I already had, and I managed to snag 144 yards of elastic that will arrive Monday. (If you’re interested — this is the pattern we’re using: https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask Their instructions aren’t the best but the video is clear.)
Secret Lentil is our sole source of income, and like so many other people, we understand that the future of our endeavor is currently up in the air. But helping out by making masks feels good for now so that’s what we’re doing. Family and friends have asked if they can help us so I've set up a Paypal donation button for them, and for you if you feel moved to contribute. You can donate any amount. If this feels weird to you then that’s fine; there’s no pressure.