As founder of PLOOMS fountain pens I was introduced to Molly and Harriet Freshwater of The Secret Linen Store when we were all chosen by Julie Deane of the Cambridge Satchel Co as "female entrepreneurs to watch in 2015"
(No pressure then!)
However when we met we found we had more in common than a love of business (and a love of beautiful bed linen and fountain pens), we also discovered we were all mothers. Molly and Harriet's children are still toddling and at school, where as my girls are now living and working in Bristol and London.
It was at this point that I shared with Harriet and Molly one of my best tips; Pillow Post. A perfect idea to pass on from a women who has designed her own range of fountain pens to women who design bed linen!
There are times you want to say something special to your children, or they may want to send their mum a personal message. This is the time for Pillow Post. My daughters and I used to write to each other and put the letters under each others' pillows. It might be a ‘Love you Mum, or thank you” on Mothers’ Day, or sometimes as teenagers they would confide their worries via Pillow Post. What made this special was that is was secret – we didn’t have to talk about what was written.
With a company called The Secret Linen Store, Harriet and Molly loved the idea. “Pillows are places for dreams and secrets, they offer a refuge from your worries – pillows seemed to us to be the perfect place for post!”
Interestingly since our conversation we have found research that says 80% of teenage girls say that they find it difficult to say some things face to face with their mums and 62% say they would find it easier to write it in a letter.
Psychologist, Dr Caroline Mann, explains why she thinks this is the case “I have had the great good fortune to spend time with countless numbers of young people. As I know only too well, growing up is tough and beset with physical and emotional challenges. Teenagers often find it hard to actually talk about things that worry them – however big or small. As a result they can feel very alone and the worries proliferate and loom larger in their minds. Writing one’s worries and thoughts down onto paper – knowing that the note will be read and answered, would be incredibly comforting for any age. Nothing is actually said, but a wealth of information, love and understanding is conveyed and the worry is eased or evaporates entirely"
Together with The Secret Linen Store, PLOOMS is taking the opportunity on Mothers' Day to pass on the idea of Pillow Post to others. There is something special about a letter (written in ink of course!), it is more considered than a text and it will last forever. My daughters are now grown up but I still treasure all their Pillow Post.
So if you like the idea, please pass it on!