I stood in front of the rainbow of stationery colors at Paper Source for a long time, carefully considering the envelope color for the next batch of 923 Oak letters, wondering which color would provoke more 923 residents to open the letter (and say yes!).
This coral color felt just right.
Later that night, having dinner at my Aunt Cindy’s house, I picked up her copy of The Secret Language of Color by Inna Segal (a Christmas gift from my sister Sara), and read that this coral color suggests flow & synchronicity. What a great thought to keep in mind, particularly with the uncertainty and ambiguity of this project. No idea who will respond positively, no idea whom I’ll meet along the way. But working on this project, at this time, feels like I’m on the right path.
Little things over the past week have confirmed that. I went to a lovely dinner with my parents at Tarbell’s in Phoenix, and sat at the same big table as another local family with grown children and their partners. They all live in Phoenix now, but the house number of the Chicago-area house where they grew up was 923. It wasn’t on Oak Street, but it was another tree-named street!
The next day I drove back to see the people of 923 Oak in Arizona for a follow-up visit, and to talk more with one particular gentleman I met on the first trip. As I pulled into town, this truck was right next to me.
60 letters went out today to more residents of 923 Oak. I’m hopeful to be overwhelmed with positive responses, but trusting in the power of synchronicity!
postscript: shortly after writing this I went out for a bike ride. (Truly loving the ability to set my own schedule.) Runkeeper congratulated me for setting a record for fastest average pace. I looked at the splits, and anyone care to take a guess as to my mph for mile 1?