Meteorites, giraffes, astronauts, and other favorites
My happiest, silliest, and most comforting stories
Never underestimate the value of a quick mental escape. If you’ve been craving one recently, as I have, here’s a curated list of what I consider to be some of my best, most lighthearted, and anxiety-reducing letters.
I hope they bring a little more light into your world (and maybe inspire you to write about it).
In chronological order:
John Steinbeck started his days by sharpening a great big pile of pencils, and they served an important purpose.
I believed the story for much longer than I should have—but only because it made me feel like, even as a baby, I had been some sort of action figure.
There are few pleasures as simple and innate as tending a garden.
5. At work
A treatise on how Marie Kondo and the Great British Baking Show are antidotes to American angst (still kind of true).
She wore red, and she taught me how to put my socks on.
7. Two birds
A short story about exactly what you think.
8. On cocoons
Caterpillars can teach us a lot about what it means to be “in the goo.”
Many years ago, I tried to learn how to skateboard. I also learned that without risk, there is no story.
10. The wings
When I was about 7 years old, I wrote a letter to Santa and asked for wings so I could fly. My parents had to figure out what to do with that.
11. The astronaut
Once a year, I put on an astronaut costume built for someone much bigger than I am and prance around town feeling like John Wayne.
Not an altogether lighthearted piece, but an ode to my dog, Rokan, who is one of the great joys of my life.
13. The mattress
Cait’s dad still loves telling this story. And to be honest, we do, too.
14. A tiny island
The very first Today Letter I ever wrote, about a love of dirt.
Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know! (Maybe I’ll write more like it.)