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Pen Pals


A rose engine was used to produce the complex ...

A rose engine was used to produce the complex background and border patterns of early British postage stamps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Postage stamp, Coasta Rica, 1937, 2c,...

English: Postage stamp, Coasta Rica, 1937, 2c, brown, diamond shape stamp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A French 1-centime postage due stamp from 1882.

A French 1-centime postage due stamp from 1882. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does anyone out there remember what pen pals were?  If you had a pen pal, you and they would write back and forth to each other.  Actual pens were used, and not computers or texts.   Oftentimes you didn’t know this person but would get to know them through corresponding.  When I was a girl, at one point I had seven pen pals.    One day my family took a little day trip to visit my favorite pen pal, Ann, about two hours away.  My dad had rigged up this first meeting for me, as he knew Ann and I were great buddies but had never met.  What a sweet day that was!  And how nice of my dad to get us together.  Maybe my dad understood…he liked to write letters like I did.  He got it!  🙂

Yesterday I went to the post office to mail a card to my friend Lyn in Australia.  I found out I could buy postage stamps (called “global stamps” — who knew?!)  and mail letters to her often.  Great!  Now I just need to get disciplined to write “snail mail” letters again.  But with such a good friend, how can I not?  🙂  For years now I have preached about bringing back the fine art of handwritten letters.  Though my handwriting is not a very nice specimen, I do intend to actually WRITE more letters.  I will keep you posted!  Perhaps you can respond to this post and let me know of your experiences?

Author: Debb Stanton

I am an optimistic, positive person who is a seven year cancer survivor. Since that time I have learned that getting a cancer diagnosis does not always mean an automatic death sentence. I like to share my hope with others and continue to encourage them - no matter who they are or what they need encouragement for. I write poems, prayers, articles, and stories. Recently the premiere issue of my online magazine, launched. Thank you for visiting!

5 thoughts on “Pen Pals

  1. LOL. I remember when we were given pen pals in grade school. It was so fun to write to someone in another country. I’m a big fan of handwritten notes. It is so much more personal than an email. Emails are great for business, but for personal interactions, I like to toss in an occasional handwritten note. 🙂

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  3. Oh yes! I remember pen pals. I had a pen pal in the Philippines when I was 14. His name is Lenardo Pugyao. We still stay in contact though not as much. You can read all about him HERE

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