The LWA has its first pair of pen pals! Hopefully, they are the first of many to come. I’ve been on a real pen pal kick lately. I’ve signed up for Postcrossing which has been really great fun. I’ve gotten cards from all over and from all manner of different people; from eight year old boys in Germany to young mothers in Japan. I don’t tend to keep the cards, but I do keep the cancelled stamps. It’s a holdover from when I collected stamps as a child. Each one is a tiny, wonderful work of art.
I attempted to look up a bit about the history of pen paling for everyone’s edification, but I found surprisingly little information. I’ve put in a request with my contact over at the National Postal Museum to see if she has any information. Wikipedia did mention that Charlie Brown had a pen pal in the 1960s, but I’m sure there were pen pals before then. The entry also mentioned a book by Geraldine Brooks entitled Foreign Correspondence about her quest to rediscover the pen pals from her childhood. Read an excerpt from the book here. I believe it should be added to the LWA mandatory reading list. Furthermore, I believe that the LWA should have a mandatory reading list!
In other news, the illustrious Kathy is off on an Italian vacation, but I am still manning the fort. Send me your letters about pen pals or other readings you would recommend about the wonderful world of letter writing.