Friday, May 29, 2009

Long Lost Pen Pal

Have I mentioned how very much I love blogging? One of the coolest things about it is how it makes the world feel much smaller, and how I've "met" some amazing people like the daughter of Martin Buxbaum. I mean, how would that ever happen without my trusty blog?

And now, I have yet another "small world" story to share. It's just mind-blowing.

When I was in 9th grade, my parents took me on a trip to Holland and England. While we were in London, we met a group of German students who were the same age as me. They were on a school trip. (Imagine that kind of a field trip! In America, we splurge and go to the zoo. In Europe, they go to other countries.) I befriended one of the girls and two of the boys. We exchanged addresses and promised to write. I lost touch with the boys relatively quickly, but Christiane and I kept writing. We would write to each other and learn about our different cultures and dreams. We continued writing off and on even when I was in college and up until my marriage to Dan. She sent me a wedding present (a German cookbook) and I sent her photos of the wedding in 1995. I think that may have been one of our last contacts.

Fast forward 14 years later to March 15, 2009. I checked my email in box and, lo and behold, had a blog comment from Christiane! My mouth dropped open, and I immediately emailed her back. Apparently she Googled me and found my blog. We've emailed each other a few times, and she has sent me photos of herself and her son. Now I can't wait to pick up where we left off. My childhood pen pal. Wow!

We live in wonderful times, y'all. How amazing that we are able to communicate with people from our past and bring them into our present and futures. I love my blog!!!

5 comments:

CrystalW said...

I had two pen pals when I was in elementary school. One was from Ohio and the other was from South Carolina. We lost touch too! I wonder if I could find them?

CrystalW said...

Oh...I forgot to say that I think that is awesome. She hasn't changed much over the years!

Sneaky Momma said...

What an awesome story!
I recently was 'found' by my best friend from elementary school. Wild, for sure!

Donna said...

Hey there...i found you from Michelle's blog. Enjoyed your wonderful story...it really is a small world isn't it!
-donna

Gretchen said...

I've had pen pals all my life and still write to many. Most of my current pals are friends and we've been writing for over 20 years! It does make the world seem so much smaller!

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