Pen Pals: When you were young...

@LifeGuru (923)
Canada
June 21, 2010 9:17pm CST
When you were young... Did you have a pen pal, pen pal as in using snail mail? If yes, did you still keep in touch with them? I'm just curious to see if people still keep in touch with a childhood pen pal, since when I was young maybe about when I was in the 3rd and 6th grade, we got assigned pen pals (different grades = different people for my pen pal thing), I didn't keep in contact with mine after I had reply since they did not ask me another question to reply to and stuff... It was just something that crossed my mind. xD
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@Jennlk84 (4219)
• United States
22 Jun 10
I use to have penpals when I was younger! Gosh I had forgotten about that! There were actually companies that if you sent in like a couple of $ they would hook you up with a penpal! I met a couple of really great people this way. Unfortunately I don't keep in touch with them anymore. I also remember having penpals for assignments in school - those never lasted quite as long as the friendships I had with these other 2 penpals I had though. Wow..I wonder if kids have penpals anymore? Times have changed so much.
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@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
22 Jun 10
Yes, I also kind of forgot about this completely until I read this. It was a big thing in the 90's (which is when I grew up), but I am sure kids today would think that it was totally lame if we tried to convince them to do something similar.
• Philippines
22 Jun 10
When I was in high school, I did try writing to several people but there are only few who replied back. I am also very lazy writing back because I don't have much things to tell about, so eventually they were gone. Some of my friends married to a foreigner with this help.
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@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
22 Jun 10
Oh that is so cool that some of these cases ended in marriage! Where is your friend (or friends) from and where were the penpals from, if you don't mind me asking? I am always interested in hearing stories like these!
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
30 Dec 10
I don't have pen pal when I was young, but I did try to find a pen pal a couple of months ago, we didn't continue this pen pal relationship any longer though. Because we just maybe too busy, or out of good topic to talk about. That is our lives, isn't it?
@LifeGuru (923)
• Canada
30 Dec 10
Awwwe... That is kind of true. There isn't much going on in people's lives least you can be honest to a pen pal about yourself and stuff like that, it's easier to ask someone far away random questions if you know them well enough since you know them and you know that the question you ask won't bee offensive to them. But a total stranger - I know what you mean. First it goes, hi how are you then you tell them a little more about yourself, then they do the same thing, you ask about favorite food, colors, basic ice breaker questions and when it turns out you barely have a thing in common and it's going no where, just got to call it quits. And true the busy factor - which isn't too good. Best of luck to you with trying to find a friend over seas or in a different random country. n_n
@jugsjugs (13046)
22 Jun 10
When i was alot younger i went on ho;iday with my parents and i made a good friend whilst we were there.We did keep in touch right up to the age of 13 and then all of a sudden we both stopped writing to each other.In one way i wish that we had kept in touch, as it would be very interesting to find out what she was upto now.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
22 Jun 10
It was a thing of the past when things like the internet, emails or mobile phones were just strange tools and I'm glad to have outgrown. It was the thrill of writing to the girl whose school was just a block away and one who stayed quite close but all seemed a lot lovelier in letters.
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
22 Jun 10
I don't remember if I really had penpals back in younger years. What I do remember was I received letters from people asking me to be their penpals but I did not reply to any of those letters. How they got hold of my name? My cousins posted my name in one of the magazines without my knowledge. One of my cousins had a penpal who happened to be my university mate. I did not know until they met and she introduced me to him. They were exchanging letters for quite some time. Right now, this guy still keeps in touch with me but not anymore to my cousin, his penpal.:-)
@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
22 Jun 10
Yes, I had a few, also through school, and I still keep in touch with 2 of them (I think I had 4 in total). It is a shame people don't have those kinds of arrangements anymore (at least I am assuming kids don't do it anymore?), it was very beneficial for me at the time.
@Ladyslipper (1330)
• Philippines
22 Jun 10
I have a lot of pen pals when I was still young. My cousin who lives very far from me and I used to write letters to each other. However, we stopped writing letters to each other when we both graduated in grade school. When I was still in high school I also used to write a lot of letters for my friends. I even loved to collect stationary as I can remember. However, when mobile phones, chat, email and social network became so popular I got so hooked with it and totally forgot about snail mail. The last time I ever rote a letter was like almost ten years ago. :(
@melmabb (580)
• Philippines
22 Jun 10
i didn't have a pen- pal way back then, we were raised in a barrio,live a simple Happy life ,most of my friends lack the time and effort to send slow mail during our time because of the barrios location its quite remote,so we make letters only on school and hand sent it to friends,pen-pals i don't have but pals,many to mention,now a days pen,-pals should be change to email-pals...by the way i was born 1966..
@rosie230 (1675)
22 Jun 10
When I was at my Junior school I had a pen pal which was given to me through the school. She was from Yugoslavia and she had the most amazing writing I had ever seen, and she could draw the most beautiful pictures too. I think we wrote to each other for perhaps a year, but then I did not receive another letter, which I was actually quite gutted about. I am 30 now, and I still have some pen pals that I write to, and some new ones too. I always write via snail mail as I prefer it. It is nice because I can send little items along with my letter.
@youless (87141)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Jun 10
Yes, long time ago I made some pen friends. At that time there was no internet, so we had to communicate by normal mails. After I started to work, our contact became less and less and today we don't contact to each other at all. I love China
• Ghana
22 Jun 10
well I have had a lot of penpals since high school. SOme were very nice and we did chat a lot of the times. I got penpals from different countries the world over. Some were very very close to me. And we did talk to each other frequently. Now I still have some very good penpals although we have not met in person we feel like we have known each other all our lives.
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
22 Jun 10
Hi LifeGuru, When I was in high school I had two penpals, they were from 2 different cities in my country. We were of the same age and shared common interests like writing (obviously), reading, and listening to the radio (there were no high tech gadgets back then). One of them sent me a picture, and I didn't like what I saw, so I stopped writing him. The other one wanted to see me, but he was seas and mountains away from where I lived, and we both can't afford to personally visit each other (we were both high school students and depended on our parents for allowance). Then eventually we stopped writing each other.
@echomonster (2229)
• Greenwood, Mississippi
22 Jun 10
I liked writing letters when I was little, but I didn't have a penpal. Instead, I remember writing letters to my cousin, grandmother, and adult sister. I loved getting mail addressed to me! Later, as a teenager, I had a few online friends from around the world who I corresponded with. Unfortunately, I lost contact with all of them long ago.
@lkbooi (16102)
• Malaysia
22 Jun 10
Hi LifeGuru, when I was young I had only one pal pal only. Really amazing eh...! It was during my middle school days. I had such idea to have someone to be my pal pal for my classmate who sat beside me always telling how nice her male pen pal from Japan was. I got the interest then from the sharing photos of her handsome pen pal every now and then Those old days we didn't have computer yet, needless even to say the access of internet connection. Therefore we could make friends with people from different parts of the world via writing letter only. There were mountains of pen pals with pictures and address attached available in most of the magazines here. I simply picked one among them and started to have mutual interactive with him for a few months out of my curiosity. After we had moved to another new house due to my dad's post. Since then I had lost my interest to write to him anymore for I couldn't tolerate I had to wait for quite some time I then could receive letter from the far-off country Happy posting