Whatever happened to the pen-pal?
I remember writing to someone in grade school, a girl from across the country I believe. She wrote on snowflake stationary as it was a Christmas assignment in my third grade class. But I’ve never once had a pen-pal since, not even a type-pal on email.
Don’t get me wrong, I send letters to my friend on occasion and use email in a formal fashion for university and work and so forth, but there is no one that I bare my thoughts and opinions to through words, typed or written.
Yes, I blog. But that is not a correspondance. This is me sending my thoughts out into the great internet abyss and waiting for an echo of a reply. Sometimes I get it, sometimes I don’t.
But what happened to the pen-pal? Why don’t we write to one another anymore? I would love to have a pen-pal, preferably through letters, but more realistically through email. Does anyone still do this? I would love to know someone only through their words, through their textual representation of themselves. Names and other trivial social facts are irrelavent. I want to know the thoughts of another, because this would allow me to know this person, not superficially like I know so many people.
We should resurrect the pen-pal. Who’s with me?