We’re all a little tired of hearing “This year will be different…”
It certainly applies to our Mystery Pal program.
This program matches up two individuals from different “generations”–which could mean a 40-year old with an 80-year-old or a 5-year-old with a 22-year old (or 13-year-old since “generations” are a bit different for the very young!)
In previous years, each Sunday for a month, both partners brought mail and left in their “mail slot” (paper bag) in Hewett Centre.
This year, most of the 14 pairs are sending mail by Canada Post. To keep identity secret, they mail to UCV and Kiersten mails out anonymously just using the “codename” for the pair. Now we realize of course, that the postal service lag means that the exchanges will likely be every two weeks, so a partner can receive mail and then respond.
This necessarily slows down the process, but the good news is we believe everyone has received at least one letter in the mail by now (and the email pals are already emailing up a storm–they go to Mary Bennett and then are forwarded).
More good news (we hope) is that the current public health regulations will be changed after the May long weekend. We (Kiersten and Mary) are hoping that on the last weekend in May or early June, we might be able to have a modified in-person “Reveal Party” such as arranging people in smaller groups of 10-15 to meet or even staggering pairs to meet. Masked and outdoors, we hope will be possible for at least 10 at a time.
Mary will be setting up an ATC (Artist Trading Card) sharing/trading station and we’ll do some other outdoor games and activities.
As one family put it, we’re *really* hoping for “anything but zoom!!” But we’ll have to see!
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