You guys, I had one of the neatest things happen to me this past weekend.
I met up with my mom on Saturday to go car shopping (that's another story in itself). She had a small bundle of mail for me, which is normal as I still get mail sent out to our home in the country. Mostly credit card applications and other junk, one letter stood out -- it was from Algeria. I've been into penpalling since I was 13, so letters from other countries isn't completely foreign to me. However, I don't really know anyone in Algeria. I recently became penpals with a lady from there, but she didn't know what my country address is. This was strange.
The letter was sent by someone named Khaled. The name seemed somewhat familiar, but I still wasn't sure who this person was. I opened it, and was shocked.
Inside was a letter from Khaled, and a letter...from me. It was an introduction letter I had sent to Khaled 7 years ago. We had met on Interpals and decided to attempt snail mail. Attempt is the key word.
My introduction letter was short but silly. I was a 21 year old girl, just graduated from my TV Broadcasting course, living with my (now ex) college sweetheart and 3 guinea pigs. I was working at a call centre in between finding TV production jobs. "I hate my job," I wrote. "Everyone is quite rude over the phone so I end up hanging up on them." HA! That's a chapter in my life I practically forgot.
Khaled's letter itself was fascinating.
"Well, it's long time I didn't get your lovely letters, because I sent you many of them but I got no answer. I never forget our friendship..."
This whole time he had been trying to reach me and I had no idea. The memories started to come back though. I sent out my introduction letter in early 2006, but never received a reply. I figured he must have lost interest in writing, and I forgot about our pen-friendship. I couldn't find him on Interpals again either, so contact was lost. In reality his letters never made it to Canada. They got lost somewhere in transit.
Since the weekend I've managed to find Khaled on Facebook and we've been trying to catch up as much as possible.
Friendship is a pretty amazing thing.
~ E & R