A wonderful parcel arrived from Emily. Dandelion tea (which seems terribly new and romantic, in spite of our healthy crop outside). Springy red Australian wool yarn. A piece of linen in a muted print that will go on the low Japanese dining table that Tim is building. A giant red and white star of a quilted pot holder. A letter. 
Friends and mail are both kind of incredible, with their willingness to arrive in your life when you have shut yourself in, unable or unwilling to step out--arrive anywhere for anyone. Thanks, my friend.