So I was laying in bed the other night wondering, do kids still get paired up with penfriends in school? Is writing by hand now a dying form?
How many people reading this still write to a penfriend (by hand not via email)? I am proud to admit I do!I just love it when a new letter drops through the door and I get to catch up with my penfriends.
I have a few and love getting the old pen and paper out once a week or so and getting writing to the lovely lady’s I have met that way. Don’t get me wrong it’s not all good going, I have met some.. ‘strange’ people through pen palling, I remember one women when I first started a couple of years back who used to writing to me a couple of times a week, begging me too look up so and so ‘celebrity’ to see if they are single, and if they were how she could meet up with them. Sometimes they would be the same celebrity over and over but most often it was someone else. And that was all the letters consisted of no Hi, how are you even! I have to admit I got slightly freaked out when she got hold of my mobile number and then I was getting texts every few minutes asking the same thing, and sadly I have to admit in the end I did pretend to have moved and to have changed my number. I don’t feel good about this, and never will but I didn’t know what else to do in the situation. I think the fact at first I was being friendly and googling and answering as best I could wasn’t the best thing to do. But not to dwell on the one ‘strange’ person I came into contact to. I am here to rave about the good ones!
I have penfriends of all ages, most are in England but I write to an amazing 60 year old women in South Africa and she is such a pleasure to talk to, and I have a lovely ‘postcard – friend’ from The Netherlands, we write a note on the back of a postcard and pop those in the post to each other instead of writing a long letter, great way for people who don’t have much time to write long letters to keep in contact! With my pen-friends I have been through births and marriages, the sad times and the happy times and a whole lot of laughs.
I find all sorts of emotion can come just from the piece of paper in front of you, so much more than words on a screen. And how about the fact that someone has taken time out of there day to write just to you! I know this can be done by E-mail but copy and paste is also available. It’s become so easy to type a generic email ‘to all’ and shoot it off to a whole number of people in seconds.
So how about you what do you like? Hand Written or Email? And if anyone is interested in getting a pen-friend and wants some information on it, just leave me a message and I’ll get back to you ASAP.