Amara loves having a pen pal even though her cousin doesn’t write her as often as she wishes she would. She not only loves writing to her pen pal she loves the process of it. She loves finding just the right piece of stationary and all the right stickers for both the letter and the envelope. Mostly she enjoys the actual writing. She will often gather four or five colored pens and put either each letter or each word in a different color — depending on her mood.
It was in late February that Sally over at Raising Grandchildren was reminiscing about when children used to have pen pals. She suggested that her Granddaughter Lucy and Amara become email pals as they are about the same age and seem to have a lot in common. I told her how much Amara loves being a pen pal and we both agreed getting a real letter from one another would be so much more fun. Both girls loved the idea.
When Amara first began writing to her cousin two years ago, she created a special box for all of her pen pal supplies and she keeps it in her room here. She decorated her box and it is fully stocked with paper, pens, pencils and stickers — lots and lots of stickers. She keeps all of the letters she has received in it, too. Amara spent the night two weeks ago and one of the first things she did was write her first letter to her new pen pal Lucy. In case you haven’t been to Sally’s blog yet — and you really should go — then I probably should mention that Lucy lives in New Zealand! That is going to make it even more fun! The girls (and us Grandmas!) will get to see stamps from other countries and I know we are going to learn lots from one another, too! I already learned that 100s & 1000s are what they call round sprinkles!
Grampy has always had an affinity for maps and we have nice large framed relief maps of the United States and of the World hanging in the hallway. Having them hang there has given us many opportunities to show Amara where things are in relationship to southern California. We often point out where Aunt Sandy and Uncle Mark live in Michigan. I showed her where Zambia is in South Africa when we collected glasses. She thought those places were far until I showed her where New Zealand is.
Sally let me know that Lucy had received her letter and had worked very hard to write the perfect reply. I let Amara know that it is in the mail. Her letter will come to my house and I have promised both Lucy and Amara that I will deliver it immediately! Amara was on spring break last week and I saw her most days. Each day she asked if her letter had come. I reminded her it is a long way from New Zealand to California.
It finally arrived! To be Continued!