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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 🙂


One thought on “PenPals

  1. A few years ago there was a thing my wife did… Sending cards to serving soldiers.

    The postage is minimal but you do have to stay in the set form… It can be very rewarding when you get a response.

    Many serving soldiers don’t get post at all or very infrequently.
    BTW… Penpals can be great when learning a new language. You write in their language and they reply in yours. My daughter did that for 2 years in high school.

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