Joanna Kosinska

Penpals Who Got Married 50 Years Later and Other Surprising Pen Pal Stories

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All the cool kids have penpals now.

You may have noticed pen pals are being mentioned in the news headlines much more often recently. From senior citizens writing local fifth graders to American children befriending Chinese children abroad, it appears that–even in an age of smart phones and internet–there is a new surge in an old tradition: writing letters by hand. (Explore 27 sites where you can find your own pen pal here.)

And no pen pal news story is exactly alike. There’s the more routine variations, such as when local elementary students discover local pen pals in their region or when second graders write to (and visit) residents of retirement homes. But there’s also pen pal stories so extraordinary, they completely break the mold.

Take the story of Rosemary Caskin, from Gloucestershire, and Edith Dawson in Australia who began sending letters across the 10,000+ mile span between them when they were nine years old. That might be ordinary enough, but unlike most pen pals, these two exchanged letters for more than 50 years and finally even met in person. [Read about their meeting here.]

Or take Pam Baker and John Redman who became penpals when they were just 15 and 16, and later–unbelievably–got married nearly 50 years later.

It’s no doubt stories like these that prompted The Guardian to recently feature a story on the comeback of pen pals.

Pen pal enthusiasts (who, interestingly, seem to be mostly women) say they find handwriting relaxing and meditative, and believe their written relationships are just as central to their lives as face-to-face ones. We spoke to three sets of women about what inspired them to put pen to paper, and the role their friendships have played in their lives.

Apparently, even after the introduction of much faster and more complex technology, there’s still something fun about the simple, old fashioned idea of getting an actual envelope in the mailbox.

You can also check out these links for posts about Foolproof Tips for How to Write Your First Pen Pal Letter, 100 Super Simple Topics to Write About With Your Penpal, or Staying Safe While Corresponding With Strangers.



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