I don’t know where this post will go because I never had a pen-pal.
I think it was around 4th grade or so that my teacher tried to get us interested in getting a pen-pal. I flunked the project. Nah, actually it wasn’t required. And a few of the “goodie-goodie” girls followed through and made contact with someone. And they would share their letters with the class.
The closest thing I had to a pen-pal was a girl I met at a social. Cathy N. and I agreed to keep in touch and send each other club cards – hers, from the Leeward side and mine, from the Windward side. And we actually did send each other letters with club cards inside throughout most of high school – although I must admit that it was about 3 to 1 in her favor. I was never a good correspondent. Sorry about that Cathy.
Now, I did used to send letters to girlfriends back in the day – but those don’t count as pen-pals. Is there such a thing as a pen-morethanpals?
And the stationary that the girls used to use was so thin, and light, and feminine. And nice smelling too. Mine, it was Japanese stationary pad paper – the kind with lines and maybe a cute little cartoon animal in the top corner. Remember – this was back in the day before Hello Kitty was even born.
Did you have a pen-pal? Or pen-pals? If so, were they from the U.S. or from another country? Did you ever exchange more that just letters? Maybe they mailed you a gift so you reciprocated and sent them a coconut. KIDDING! And in case this topic dies fast – as a fallback, what about love letters that you used to send. Or receive. Did your siblings tease you about them? Or did you rub it in their faces. LOL By any chance, do you still have love letters from old flames? Don’t worry – you can say – your secret’s safe with me.