Have you ever had a penpal? Would you have a one?

@CRSunrise (2964)
United States
February 18, 2009 11:26pm CST
When I was in school, I had a penpal...two actually. One was from France and the other was from England. I stopped writing to the one in France because she didn't seem to writing in English, and I didn't know French. I did write to the one in England for a while, but that sorta died. I wrote to her, and the same with her to me, but the letters weren't consistant. In this day and age of email, I think the whole idea of having a penpal has sorta gone by the wayside. I probably wouldn't mind having a penpal if there were other people who wanted to write back and forth with me.
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@AnythngArt (3304)
• United States
19 Feb 09
I never had an overseas pen pal while growing up, but I always wanted one. After I grew up and started traveling, I made friends in other countries, but gradually, I have moved and lost touch with all of them. I rarely even get a real card or letter from friends in the States anymore. Getting something personal in the mail is a real treat. No one writes letters, which is a real shame. I still get an occasional holiday or birthday card, but it's all dropping off. It's too bad because there is nothing better than mail. I don't think writing online to people has the same impact at all. Sure, it can be good to have instant communication, but savoring a letter is a unique experience. I have to agree with one of the other posters here. I doubt that kids of today even know what a pen pal is.
@maezee (32236)
• United States
19 Feb 09
I used to have a German penpal, she was really nice, and I loved receiving letters from her. I also had a Japanese penpal - which was really cool, because I'm learning Japanese and I love being able to have someone correct me & give me helpful advice (as far as learning the language goes). :) Unfortunately, things got really busy for me & I haven't written either of them back in forever.
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@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
19 Feb 09
Yeah, i had a penpal before. She's Zahida Ebrahim from England. I met her on Optichat last 2002 and decided to write letters. It felt great to be receiving letters from her. I hope she felt the same thrill. She was 16 then. I don't how she is doing right now but i think she has grown up to be a fine lady. She's a mix of Indian and Portuguese descent.
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@ROYALG333 (126)
• United States
19 Feb 09
I had a pen pal in elementary school. It was a really cool feeling to send a letter and get something in return. Ours was with people in another state. With the advent of the email though, the concept of pen pal is really kind of diminished. Ask anyone under 16 and my bet is that they don't even know what a pen pal is.
@kiki0612 (11)
• China
19 Feb 09
Hello,I have never had a penpal,but I would like to.I think Im the one who want to write back and forth with you~
• China
19 Feb 09
And Im Chinese,16 years old.If someone wants to make friend with me,I will be very happy.my email:qi.qi0612@163.com,Id like to write letters on paper~
• India
20 Feb 09
I had penpals during my school days, and we always used to exchange letters. Those were the most memorable days. But now, it has been many years that I had one penpal. I love to have penpals and new friends from across the world with whom we can share lots of happiness and much more.
@roberten (3131)
• United States
19 Feb 09
I had a penpal for a very brief time in grade school. I do not remember where she was from or even her name but it didn't last as most things don't when you're little and distracted by a million other things. LOL As an adult, I use to correspond with this Italian guy, Paolo (He's HOT!!). I kinda blew that because I met him when I was at a bad time in my life and I think I scared him away. I met him on a train in Germany. I wish I could write to him now, he was a one-in-a-lifetime find.
@Mickie30 (2633)
19 Feb 09
I used to have one but, not any more. I'd love to have a pen pal again it was so cool but, I suppose they have become online buddies. That is where progress comes in and the age of the computer world has taken away from the post. I agree where you say the whole idea of having a penpal has sorta gone by the wayside.
• Philippines
19 Feb 09
When I was in high school, I had a penpal but it was short lived. I just stopped writing for reasons I have forgotten. . . . My sister has a penpal since she was in high school too. Now that they already have a family of their own, they are still writing and sending cards to each other. they haven't met though.
@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
19 Feb 09
When I was about 13 I wrote to a kids paper and they published my name and what I liked and didnt like and my adress and then 1000's of letters followed from all over the country. I wrote to many of the kids but it was a selection proces. I would not write back to some and then they wont write back. But at the end I had about 20 or so that I wrote to all the time. Now I only have contact with 1.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
19 Feb 09
We need to have penpal for the English subject when I was in school. I thought it was very interesting, I think I had couples and I remember one was from Finaland, one was from Germany. We were talking about how they lives here and there, how we have been doing in the life etc. But it stopped after a while because one of them moved to a new place and the other one lost contact.
• United States
19 Feb 09
Yeah, my school did a pen pal program when I was in 4th grade. It was pretty cool. Your right in this day and age of email letter writing has gone out the window. I sent my cousins had written notes sometime just to tell them I love them and to give the encouragement and they love getting them in the mail. I would so do the penpal thing again if the person would acutaly wanted to write back.
@jaymeeliz (506)
• Philippines
19 Feb 09
I've never had a penpal but it sounds like a nice idea. Anybody wanna write to me?
• Philippines
19 Feb 09
i had 35 pen pals when i was in high school. that was in the late 80's. they were from different countries. i loved making friends with other nationalities because i learned a lot about their culture. and we sometimes exchanged stuff like cute pens, stickers, earrings, coins, etc. i had boxes of letters from them but when i got married and moved to a new place, i had to leave those letters behind. but i kept all the stuff that they gave me. and i have an album of all their pictures. i searched for my pen friends a few years ago on the internet. i only found 1 in friendster. i sent her a message but she didn't reply. i wish i could find them all again so i can just say hello after all these years. and maybe catch up on each other's lives. =)
@kometer (151)
• China
19 Feb 09
I'd like to be your penpal if you like. I'm a high school student in China.I always want to have a penpal,but never really had one. If you are interested in me,you could send me a message .
@peace001 (727)
• China
19 Feb 09
when I was young I admire my elder sister she can received some letterS every month ,I can remebered how beautiful smile and bright eyes she was when she read theos letters.So I yearn to receive some letters from somewhere.Now I believe that someday I will meet some people and we will make good friends.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
19 Feb 09
I don't know about the young these days because having penpals means having to write letters, and this is not the trend for some teenagers nowadays. Maybe they use email instead. But when I was a teenager in school, I used to have a female penpal from the Philippines called Evelyn. She was studying in college then. The funny thing is I wrote to her sister first to be my penpal, but it was Evelyn who made the move to return my letter and became my penpal instead. Over a couple of years, I exchanged quite a good number of letters with her and even photographs. Now all these happened about 37 or 38 years ago. And you know what? Today I still have Evelyn's photograph and all the letters she wrote to me. I keep them in my drawer for sentimental reasons, but I have stopped corresponding with her donkey years ago.
@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
19 Feb 09
I tried having pen pals when I was young. But never really responded to them. Because I was afraid then. It just makes me laugh today when I remember their letters. Some even came from far flung places.
@Porcospino (17735)
• Denmark
19 Feb 09
I have had many penpals over the years. Some of them were from my own country and others were from around the world. I have had penpals from Germany, Scotland, France, Italy, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria, China, Japan, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica, the U.S., Australia.... I started writing letters to penpals when I was 11, I am 32 now and I lost touch with most of my "old" penpals long ago, but I still keep in touch with a girl from Italy. We have been penfriends for 12 years now, and I am going to visit her soon.
• United States
19 Feb 09
Return of the King - Icon of boats from Return of the King.
Yes, I did ages ago, but it was only because it was a class assignment. One was picked out for me, but the only thing I remember is her first name. Beyond that? Nothing. I wrote one letter to her and she to me, but I lost her address and never found it because I honestly didn't care enough to bother looking. I could have asked my teacher for it, but I didn't. I don't even have the letter anymore. I was mostly apathetic about it since I was never interested in having a penpal. That hasn't changed.