A Note of Assurance: This is not yet another parody of the snowman song from Frozen. Just thought putting that out there.
When I was younger, one of the most exciting things was to get a letter in the mail. Understand, that when I was growing up computers were already starting to take hold of society, so it wasn’t that I was so excited about getting something handwritten as I was about getting something for me.
As I grew older, a steady flow of things began to arrive in the mail, just for me. But now… They weren’t quite as exciting. I mean, sure, college paraphernalia was pretty cool but bills… Not so much. I began looking for something new and different to make the daily arrival of mail a little less boring and monotonous, so in high school I decided to get a pen pal.
I have heard of services that set you up with pen pals from around the world, but I didn’t go that route. Instead, I went looking for a pen pal myself. On one of my earliest trips, an academy mission trip to Belize, I was determined to find someone who would be willing to write letters to me. The use of email was still kind of a novel thing, but my academy friends and I were sharing our addresses with those who wanted them and claimed to have internet access. However, I had started to develop by this time an appreciation for handwritten notes and letters, so despite being happy that so many people wanted my email, I wanted to find someone who wanted to be my pen pal.
There are many people that I got to know during my time in Belize, but there was one girl that became really attached to me. I really enjoyed chatting with her but soon discovered she did not have an email address. My eyes lit up when I asked her, “Do you want to be my pen pal?”
We have been writing back and forth since 2006. We’ve shared good times, bad times, happy times, and sad times. We’ve offered each other spiritual support and words of encouragement. We’ve watched each other grow, from a distance, and I am so proud to call this intelligent, dedicated, and beautiful young woman my friend. And the best part? Coming home to find special and unique handwritten notes in my mailbox.
Do you have any pen pals? Where are they from? What do you talk about? Or, if you don’t have one, would be interested in finding one? Perhaps one for your kids? Its a fun and educational experience, helping people gain the perspectives of others from around the world. I’d even be willing to write to you if you’d like! Just comment below and let’s get writing, because you know… There really is nothing like receiving a handwritten letter.
So, do you wanna be my pen pal?