Just before my surgery, I became aware that grown ups all over the world are writing each other friendly letters. Sometimes they include a small gift and decorate the envelopes. Whatever they send, they spread love and joy through the snail-mail system every day. Do you know how lovely it is to receive something in the mail that isn’t a bill or junk mail?
Now, I had penpals when I was a child. It didn’t work out. The friendships were set up by teachers and generally dwindled and died after a couple of letters had been exchanged. I did try to resurrect the idea a number of years ago but life got very much in the way. I let people down and still feel guilty about it.
However, when I was invited to join a penpal group on FaceBook and I knew I was going to be spending a lot of time sitting on my behind I thought I’d give it another try.
And I really, really love it! It’s rare for a day to go by now without a trip to the mailbox – although I did fall behind while my mum was ill and my routine was interrupted. Sitting down to write a letter at the end of a long day is a great way to unwind and take my mind off myself and my worries. It’s even better than blogging! It’s even better than FaceBook!
So, if you’re feeling a bit lonely this afternoon why not imagine you’re sitting in a coffee shop with an old friend. You don’t see each other often but, when you do, it’s great to catch up on each other’s news. Now write a letter … And, if you’ve no one to write to, let me know and I’ll be happy to point you in the direction of people who’d love to hear from you 🙂