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  • Dear Hand Sanitizer… Warmest Regards

    Dear Hand Sanitizer, We have been together since the dawn of time. I used to use you just to find an excuse to get up and flex my “outfit of the day” in class. I would raise my hand, and … Continued

  • To The Boy Who Wants Everything…

    To the Boy Who Wants Everything,   By this time now, you probably thought you’d be halfway on your way to the bright sunny California skies. Sophomore year, this was the year you promised yourself you were gonna make your … Continued

  • How Would the Upheaval That We Needed to Happen, Happen?

    Dear students (in whatever future): Has the world ended yet? Have the structures come crumbling down like we talked about? Have you walked through the portal to the other world? Or, like before, have some of you, us, been left … Continued

  • The Kind of Healing That Needed Patience…

    To my sweet Daisy, The world has gone mad. There was so much we could have done, but now we’re too far along. I have watched the people I love suffer. I have felt the pain of my own blood. … Continued

  • Un-F$%king-Known

    Dear future me, I know you might want to forget the pandemic as a whole and what it has done to you mentally and physically along with circumstances that came with it all. During this time, you have taken a … Continued

  • We Both Know What I’m Talking About…

    To an older and hopefully wiser me, This extended period of isolation has enabled me, or perhaps more aptly forced me, to reflect deeply on particular aspects of my identity which I previously would have considered as immutable. As this … Continued

  • Why My Generation is at Such A Loss Right Now…

    Dear Future Students, From a person who is living in limbo, learn to not wait for moments to come to you. It may feel like all of your life is spent waiting for just a few special times: graduations, proms, … Continued

  • Querida Familia

    Querida Familia, Esta letra se las dedico a ustedes como recuerdo de mi “herstory”. When family asks me to recount the story of COVID 19, of the year 2020, I hope to paint my own story as well as those … Continued

  • Dear Psyche…

    Dear Psyche, I’m not trying to “fix” you. I’m not trying to get rid of the parts of you that make me unhappy. I just want to have an honest conversation with you, and meditate on how you make me … Continued

  • With All of This Being Said…

    Written to the future me… When you read this letter, I have hopes that the world will have returned to normal. Restaurants and public places will reopen, students will be allowed back on campus, sports and sporting events will return, … Continued

  • What is “Normal” For You?

    My Future Child, We are in the midst of COVID 19 and we’ve been quarantined for about a month. I’m at home living with my parents and my older siblings. My dad and siblings are working from home and I … Continued

  • Feelings, Challenges, and Accomplishments

    April 25, 2020   Dear Future Self, As of right now, I have been in quarantine for a little over a month. I have moved out of school early, and I am living at home with my mom, dad, and … Continued

  • Good Old-Fashioned Anxiety…

    April 28, 2020   Dear Future Me,   Well, this is going to be a cheesy, sappy letter, but I hope you take some of your past self’s advice (even though I know you’ve never been very good at trusting … Continued

  • The End of Handshakes…

    Dear cousin, As you are soon turning nineteen it makes me think of when I was nineteen and I tend to focus on the last half and Covid-19. It makes me think of all the changes, and how as you … Continued

  • Faith… It’s Not Easy

    Dear Faith,   It’s been a while, huh? I’m praying that you are doing great – that you found the right man, maybe started a family, got the house and car you wanted, and just living life happily. Most importantly, … Continued

  • You’ve Stuck With Me…

    Maddie,   You’ve stuck with me through this time. Through the years. My anchor for the way I should love, the extent of the pain and love my heart could endure. A final anchor in my own soul in understanding … Continued

  • I Pray That You Continue to Grow…

    April 28, 2020   Tori Brown Somewhere In Durham, NC 27703   Dear Tori Alexis,   I am writing to remind you of where you want to be. Over the past year you have loved, lost, hurt, feared and been … Continued

  • History is Lived…

                     

  • Dreaming of a Break…

    Dear Kids, I have always grown up privileged. It is one thing that I am lucky to have and I have been aware that much of the life that I have is due to random chance that I grew up … Continued

  • This is Shaping the Present, But Also Your Future…

    Dear Cameron, Who would’ve thought this is how your four years would end at Carolina? Back when you were a freshman, you wanted nothing more than school to end. The “picture perfect” college life you saw on TV was nothing … Continued

  • Without Judgement…

    Dear future me, Whenever you are reading this, I want you to know I am proud of you. All the uncertainty that was felt for the length of the COVID-19 pandemic, you got through it, you gained from it, and … Continued

  • Full Attention Always…

    A Letter to my Future Self,   What you know is memory but also something else. What I know you know is when the letters arrived. When the sky broke. I know you know how many times we cried between … Continued

  • Love You All to Pieces…

    To my future children, A big hello from the year 2020! I meant for y’all to read this letter in 2040 so I hope you followed directions ?. Your mom is writing this from her family home in North Carolina … Continued

  • I Want to Remind You of All of This…

    Dear Future Me, As I write this letter right now, almost everyone is overwhelmed with a multitude of emotions. I want to remind you of all of this, not to rekindle those negative emotions, but instead to show you how … Continued

  • In Another Universe…

    Dear me in a happier multiverse, How is our family? I hope grandma is still fine, keep her safe! I hope that in your universe, our family is together too. It’s been a while since I’ve seen my brother…but he’ll … Continued

  • It Is Important To Remember the Details of These Things…

    Dear future self, I am writing during stressful and unprecedented times. It is late April 2020 and COVID-19 has shaken up the world. I am writing this letter in the hopes you, my future self, will read me from time … Continued

  • I’m Writing to You About a Scary Time…

    28 April 2020 Dear Alice, First off, I miss you. You and your family made my semester so great, and I can’t believe our time together ended so suddenly. I know you probably don’t understand this yet, but I’m actually a … Continued

  • I am Proud of You!

    Dear Future Self, Oh my, has your life been turned upside-down! You sure have been through a lot, but you’ve adapted and remained positive and hopeful through it all, and for that, I am proud of you! It is not … Continued

  • Dear President Trump…

    Dear President Trump, As we are getting close to election night, I am writing to you to express some of my concerns in regard to the effect of COVID-19 on me personally, my peers and family, and our nation as … Continued

  • Dear Kids…

    Dear Kids,   I am writing to inform you of a time that compares to nothing I have ever experienced. The whole country is at a pause and we are in quarantine with nothing but our homes and family. We … Continued

  • These Things I’ve Learned…

    Dear future me, It’s me, I mean you, but circa 2020. It’s been a while…ya know…since your senior year of college, and I don’t know if you remember (even though I’m currently promising myself that I won’t forget), but life … Continued

  • If All is Well in 2021…

    Dear Mark, I hope that pandemic has ended by 2021 and my final year as an undergraduate at UNC is going superbly. As I am writing this, the state of North Carolina is on lockdown where residents are advised to … Continued

  • When the Wind Works Against Us in the Dark…

    Dear Future Self,   STORM FEAR Robert Frost   When the wind works against us in the dark, And pelts with snow The lower-chamber window on the east, And whispers with a sort of stifled bark, The beast, “Come out! … Continued

  • Today is the BIG Day…

    April 28, 2020 Dear 50 year of age self, Today is the BIG day, it’s graduation day! As I look back on memories 3 years ago, our lives were turned upside down. 2020 supposed to been the start of a … Continued

  • Letter to Athena

    Carolyn Bucknall

  • Dear Innocence…

    Jamirious Mooney April 23, 2033   Dear Innocence, You had just turned 8 years old when the world started to become a better place. It all began March 2020, when mommy came home from her job crying. It was the … Continued