With adaptations, we went ahead with our Mystery Pal program this year to connect up people from different generations. Indeed we had the largest group ever: 14 pairs participated.
Most chose snail mail which came to UCV and then was forwarded, hence, the usual 4-week program became 8 to allow for postal forwarding; others chose to send email through a volunteer.
To offer assistance, we included artist trading card materials for those who wanted to create art to share–and many did!
As time went on, our hopes for a big reveal party were dashed by covid restrictions, so individual pairs and small groups have been meeting up in parks or at UCV. Here’s a poem and some photos.
Mystery Pal Revealed so much
by Vivian Davidson
Being a mystery pal was as fun as it was exciting,
To exchange letters had me antsy to keep writing.
I loved learning more and more about my mystery friend
I could hardly wait for my fresh letter to send.
I am grateful to have had this opportunity
To engage so intimately with someone in my UCV community.
To feel the paper, read the words sent to me by my pal
Was something so wonderful forever treasure I shall.
I hope others in the future engage in this wonderful treat
For it’s rare to get the chance to learn about others at UCV you meet.
It was exciting to think about and plan what to say and write
Oh my watch my grammar, serendipitous did I spell it right?
I learned letter by letter about my special pal and their likes
That included leaves and stickers, dolphins and hikes.
I can now certainly attest to how great it is to have a mystery pal
It was my first time and certainly a boost to my morale.
I will be back and ready to write, draw, paint and send
What a great way for a lonely day or weary heart to mend.
For this mystery pal exchange is a real treat for the young and young at heart
And made me feel special and that to UCV’s community I really am a part.
We try to match up pals with something in common: Paula is an artist and loved her exchanges with her artist pal.
Here’s what she says:
Who couldn’t use an emergency packet of confetti?
My last package included a great picture of a unicorn with very long legs and a long neck and a little horn, a thin long multicoloured banner announcing I LOVE PURPLE, a bracelet made of beads and pipe cleaners and best of all a custom packet of homemade confetti . On the outside it said I LOVE MAKING THINGS. IN FACT i:AM AN ARTIST.
Who couldn’t use an emergency packet of confetti? They are little bundles of joy coming coming through the post and it just makes my day when I receive one 🙂
Their pair had the codename “Wolfgang Gerson” and it accidentally led Paula to exploring the theme of home/buildings and a connection with a student and friend of Wolfgang’s, the architect of our buildings.
Are you interested in learning more about this program?
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