I was listening to my teens talking last week in our family living room. My two daughters were talking about a mutual friend of theirs. They were discussing that their female friend had met a guy across the country, but only online. Each day, they would use their Hotmail.com sign in to check for email from one another, and there, they would have long conversations with one another. One of my daughters asked, “Oh, you mean like pen pals?” My other daughter asked what that term meant. It was amusing to me that anyone today doesn’t know what a pen pal is because it was a common term when I was growing up.
Back when I was in elementary school, there used to be a program that came on each day after school that I loved to watch. At the end of the program, the host would state that if you would like to meet people from around the people and become pen pals with them, all you had to do was send a letter to the host and he would personally hook you up with someone in another country. He also asked that you send him your age, sex and interests so that he could find someone like you from somewhere else for you to correspond with via mail.
I had two pen pals while growing up. One was a female from France, and the other one lived in Jordan. I loved hearing from them, and we wrote long letters. I was never sure if we would meet each other, but for the time being, I was just interested in getting letters and learning about them and helping them to learn about me. It took anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month for our letters to reach one another. But nowadays, we can talk to people so much easier.