Saturday, November 5, 2011

Bring Back The Age of Penpals!

In today's digital world, it's so easy to whip out an email, compose a short Facebook message, or talk to our friends via a 140 character tweet. It's expected. It's also pretty impersonal, wouldn't you agree?

Bring back the age of Penpals, I say! Did you ever have a penpal? I was fortunate at the age of 9, I think, to find a friend who loved horses as much as I did. We were both a member of the same club. She lived in Oklahoma and I lived in Illinois. So we became penpals and good friends in an instant! My Dad, bless his heart, even rerouted a family vacation so that we could drive through Oklahoma and meet her. I was thrilled to finally get to see my friend in person.

The best part about being penpals is the intimacy that writing requires and the charm that a hand-written correspondence elicits! You must care enough about that person to sit down and write intelligently... not just a quick electronic, "Hey! How are ya?" Penpals ask each other questions and they actually want to know the answers! They write of emotions, experiences, celebrations, and disappointments. They listen... they learn about each other... and they share a bond that is only comparable to the bond of best friends forever.

When was the last time you wrote a heart-felt note or letter to a friend or family member? (Not counting signing your name to a generic greeting card!)  And when was the last time you received one? Do you remember how exciting it was to see something other than bills or advertisements in your mail?

I have a penpal today. Oh yes, we talk on the phone, when time permits, and send emails and text messages, etc., but nothing quite compares to the letter.

Who could you surprise with a letter today?

Here's a good way to get started... each is available at!

Thanksgiving / Fall / Autumn
Notecards with Envelopes

from FleaPirates

Village Artisan Ornamented
Handmade Paper Stationary Set

from CMIAuction


Supergranny said...

I had no idea ola had handmade paper...I love it...generally beautiful texture and personality. great post flea!!!!

kornkountrytreasures said...

Beautiful post! This will soon be a "lost art"! LOL!!