I have always loved having good old fashion pen friends, a hand written letter dropping to the floor as it comes through the letter box, you cant get much more personal then that really.
I still remember my first ever pen friends.
One I had made through an old Buffy (The Vampire Slayer) magazine, she was quite some years older than me, and we used to write about our favourite episodes and general things, we would send each other token gifts, but I moved, she moved and I lost her address. I often wonder what she is up to even now 15 years later.
Another one of my pen friends I had met on a holiday, and could very much be considered a holiday romance, I cried my eyes out and was heartbroken when he left a few days prior to us. We wrote and spoke on the phone all the time. After a few years the letters and the phone calls started to die down, until we lost contact for a while. Then a few years ago we found each other on Facebook. It was amazing to have my friend back, but isn’t quite the same as the mail has stopped and it was either skype/facebook contact now.
Then there is my American Pen friend, we met through a mutual guy we both knew online, we exchanged addresses and wrote many a letter for years, but as we got older and out lives got busier, the letters again got far and few between. We still talk now, but its limited to facebook really and the occassional seasonal cards etc. I’m not complaining, as much as I miss our letters, I understand that life sometimes gets busy and that people move on. She has a husband and the most beautiful little boy now, and I still look forward to hearing off her every time my facebook notification says her name.
I think I may try and search for another pen friend again soon as I do actually miss it. I’d need someone who would be patient though as as my life or rather work schedule is at the moment it might not be as regular as some people would be, but its definately something I would like to take up again.