The Power of the Handwritten PenPal Letter

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Growing up I lived in on the outskirts of a small town, and my mom didn’t have Internet or Satellite TV. My primary source of entertainment was riding horses and books. My mom would write letters to her best friend every week in Ohio. I used to get so excited when the mail came in hopes of getting something myself. My mom would tell me that to receive mail I had to send off mail to others. As a child, I never did get to pursue that desire to write letters and send them except to my ex-step-father in Ohio. He does a remarkable job of writing back to me.

Now that I’m older, I’m able to send off letters on a weekly basis to friends and family. One of the main reasons I love writing letters each week is because it makes me feel like I’m able to slow down and have coffee with those I care about. Through the years, I have looked for pen pals, and have been richly blessed to have made some wonderful pen pal friendships that I may never get to meet in person.

It feels like in our instant society many of us have lost so many bits of little magic in our lives. I want to encourage you to take the time to handwrite a letter to someone special in your life physically. I know for a fact that the older generations fully appreciate getting handwritten letters. It very well may be the gift they’ve been wanting.

Sometimes making friends offline is just as much fun. Do you remember the magic of getting something in the mail? Come find out how you can get your own penpal.

After all, a handwritten letter indicates that you’re taking time out of your busy lifestyle to spend time communicating with ONLY them. To this day, I have never been able to talk or do anything else while I’m physically writing a letter to someone. It has become a part of my Mom Time because it’s quite relaxing and good for the soul.

Finding PenPals

 

Sometimes making friends offline is just as much fun. Do you remember the magic of getting something in the mail? Come find out how you can get your own penpal. You can find a pen pal by using Global Penfriends for FREE. You can also use the hashtag #penpalswanted on many of the social media channels and find someone looking there. However, I have concluded that I trust Global Penfriends more because I can see someone’s profile and correspond a bit with them online before we send letters to each other. Parents, you can also use this site to find PenPals for your kids too. 

If you need some inspiration to get started, you can join the 52 Letters in a Year Challenge. You can write to Michelle for one letter. Then you can write to me the second week.

Crystal Green

1969 Till Road,

Orangeburg, SC 29115

I would recommend sending your grandparents, aunts, and other friends in other states. They are all sure to appreciate your letters.

Other Ways To Connect Through Snail Mail

Sometimes making friends offline is just as much fun. Do you remember the magic of getting something in the mail? Come find out how you can get your own penpal.

If you’re not into writing letters, maybe you are interested in sending postcards or something else to someone. You can join in on some Swap-bot swaps. I do the ones for monthly book exchanges. Swap-bot has so many different exchanges it can become rather addictive.

I hope this has given you something to consider doing during your Mom Time. Now’s the perfect time to start this tradition because you can build lasting friendships and get to know someone even more.

Talk to me in the comments please:

Do you have a pen pal? If not now, did you have one when you were growing up?

 

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Crystal, thanks for sharing all these webs where you can find pen pals! I think I would be up to postcards exchange or something like that, it has to be fun!
    I feel exactly the same about writing letters – it’s relaxing, it helps me to disconnect, and it’s the best thing when you have a letter waiting in your letter box!
    Cheers!

  2. Excellent post!! Getting personal mail is fun for anyone!! I’ve started taking my grandbaby’s scribblings, and sending them as letters to her aunt, grandpa, and my Mama. they love them!
    I’m also a pen pal for my ex- stepson in jail. I just sent a whole slew of thank you, and get well cards. It’s just so soul satisfying to be able to hold them in your hand, as you read!
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    • I’m glad that you liked this post. It’s so refreshing to hear that you also send snail mail. You did see that the cost of stamps goes up on the 22nd of January, right? Stock up on your Forever stamps now while you can save yourself .02 each. Granted that’s not a lot of money, but it does add up if you mail letters as much as I do. 😉

      I completely agree with you that it is soul satisfying. I love connecting with people in such a one-on-one manner. Granted talking over coffee is nice too, but some people are like me and are better writers than talkers. I can sit next to you for hours and not say a word, but if you hand me the paper I can jabber your eyes off. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

    • It would be a nice surprise then to get something in the mail for you. It’s so much fun to get something from someone in the mail.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

  3. Wow that’s awesome I didn’t realise how many sites there are out there for pen pals! This has inspired me to write a letter to my mom, I know she would looooong this! Thanks for the inspiration and all the resources and of course for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

    • I’m sure you mother would definitely LOVE to get a letter from you. I’m glad that I was able to help inspire you.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

  4. I need to get better with writing letters! Snail mail is so much more fun than email. In fact, I used snail mail for my gender reveal and people loved getting the homemade cards in the mail!

    • I agree that snail mail is a lot of fun. That’s neat that you used it as a means of letting everyone know what you were having.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

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