How can I find an Amish pen-pal? by Helen Parnell-Berry.
I have often commented about my Amish pen friend, Mary. I met her through another friend of mine and asked her if she would mind if I wrote to her. I stressed to her that I wouldn’t be offended if she was often too busy to reply. To my delight she has always found time to write to me. Sometimes the letters take the form of a diary as she has so many chores and things to do. She will write a bit then continue with a bit more and tell me what she’s been doing in between (jokingly adding that she bets I didn’t miss her while she was gone!!).
I love getting her letters and getting an insight on her incredible way of life and culture; so different form my busy UK life. I hope she gets as much pleasure from my letters to her. What is also so wonderful is getting a letter in the post rather than an email. The joy of carefully opening an envelope and reading a hand written letter is the most amazing thing and something that is so sorely missed in our society these days.
It was fantastic to go and see her again a couple of years ago; to be welcomed at her home by her whole family as though I was a member of that family. I realise that I am incredibly fortunate to have a pen friend from the Amish community and treasure that friendship very much.
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