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LTP: (Paper-based) Pen Pals!

Letter writing is sort of a lost art these days. E-mails don’t require the same time commitment to writing, nor the time of waiting impatiently and anxiously for the next note.

I have a pen pal. Not just like an internet-based friendship that pileofmonkeys has written about before, but an actual stranger who I exchange letters with. We were matched through a “Forever Young Adult” pen pal sign-up, where we had no prior contact, and now we send monthly care packages filled with stickers, coloring book pages, weird things we find, and of course a lengthy hand-written letter. We ask each other questions like, “What was your last dream?” or, “If you could make a movie of your life, what genre would it be?” Through this, I have learned more about this strange children’s librarian from North Carolina than I know about many of my friends.

What about you all? Any pen pal stories? Do you still write letters to people? Do care packages count?

By Karishma

Karishma is a twenty-something living in New York City and is trying her hardest to live out every cliche about Millennials. This involves eating her feelings, drowning in debt and mocking infomercials. She likes sociology so much that she has two degrees in it, and is still warding off her parents' questions about a real career.

9 replies on “LTP: (Paper-based) Pen Pals!”

I used to have one when I was in school, but we didn’t keep that up. It is a completely different thing though, and I love getting hand-written cards and the occasional letter. They’re special. I do write to my granny a few times a year, and I always tear up when I get her replies, because she always mentions little things we did together when I was little. Nawww. Granny.

I write to my cousin while he’s working in Honduras, but that’s more because it’s the only regular communication we can keep up since he doesn’t have a reliable internet connection. When he does, we write lengthy emails. I tried to have a pen pal once, but after the first few exchanges, she never wrote back.

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