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It Is All XStitcher's Fault!

It has been another rough, sleepless night for me.

I am going to blame this one on xstitcher . If she had not written about the website, PostCrossing , I might have turned off my computer and the lights and tried to get some sleep.

Instead, I went to the site, looked around, signed up and completed my profile. Then I requested my five postcards to send, reading the profiles of each of the five, all female ranging from 13-years-old to "middle-aged."

Then I found my card box, and saw that I have a few postcards, and began by writing out two of them--one to Taiwan, the other to China. For the other three people, I want to send postcards depicting my area here in Washington. I will send them to three other countries--Russia, Germany, and Finland.

Of course, it is not xstitcher's fault I could not sleep, nor do I really blame her. But I do thank her for introducing me to the site. It has sparked something in me that I have not felt in a very long time.

You see, Postcrossing encourages people to use snail mail to send a handwritten postcard to people around the world. Just like in the olden days, when I was a kid. Back then, we used to call them "pen pals."

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markgraham wrote on November 6, 2015, 10:52 AM

I think that is why I still send out some Christmas cards each season. I like to be a little old-fashioned but that is good.

CoralLevang wrote on November 6, 2015, 11:10 AM

I like to do that, but I never get acknowledged and rarely get a card. What I like about this site, it seems that people take it seriously. I like that.

GemOfAGirl wrote on November 6, 2015, 11:59 AM

I had a pen pal as a child. Since mine was the only branch of the family tree on the western side of the Mississippi River and I didn't get to see my other relatives very much, my dad suggested that I start writing letters to one of my cousins in Michigan. (This suggestion came on the heels of a writing assignment at school, so he may have been thinking of it as an extra-curricular thing to improve my skills, but whatever, lol.) I was seven years old at the time, and she was fourteen, and amazingly, she wrote me back. We exchanged letters for years - it stopped soon after she graduated from college and had her first baby.

CoralLevang wrote on November 6, 2015, 12:40 PM

Life gets in the way of these things, and certainly changed as our culture changed. I am excited to see so many on this site who want that connection through snail mail again.

Lillybell wrote on November 6, 2015, 2:37 PM

I'll have to go check that out. It sounds like fun!

AliCanary wrote on November 6, 2015, 3:50 PM

I would like it, but I am still kind of intrigued by the "pocket letters" thing.

MegL wrote on November 6, 2015, 5:38 PM

That sounds like a lovely idea. So if you register, you will get postcards from different parts of the world too?

CoralLevang wrote on November 6, 2015, 8:37 PM

that's the idea!

BarbRad wrote on November 7, 2015, 1:20 AM

I kind of wish you hadn't told me about that, says Barb, who collects postcards and has several on hand for trading. Would you consider trading some Washington for California?

Paulie wrote on November 7, 2015, 1:37 AM

I will have to check out PostCrossing. When I was in high school, I had a number of female penpals who would send me perfumed and powdered letters.

CoralLevang wrote on November 7, 2015, 9:52 AM

What are "pocket letters," alicanary ?

CoralLevang wrote on November 7, 2015, 9:55 AM

BarbRad You should join us there! I just sent off five cards.... to five countries.
As far as your question.... If you send me an address via email, you may get a surprise or two. emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on November 7, 2015, 9:55 AM

Paulie Beware of females sending powdered letters today. emoticon :winking:

Feisty56 wrote on November 7, 2015, 10:48 AM

I have always enjoyed having a pen in my hand and paper at my disposal. In my mind, heartfelt thoughts should be written by hand rather than sent via computer. At least that's how I prefer to do it.

CoralLevang wrote on November 7, 2015, 1:49 PM

You might like this site, then. I can hardly wait to get something in my mail box that isn't a bill or junk mail. I wonder how long it will take to get the ball rolling to get my first card. I hope that XStitcher can shed some light from her personal experience.

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Colibry21 wrote on November 7, 2015, 1:56 PM

It can be difficult to stop when you're having fun. We'll probably start sending cards out soon too.

Paulie wrote on November 8, 2015, 2:24 AM

That's correct. I would certainly catch some hell from the wife if that happened.

AliCanary wrote on November 8, 2015, 7:38 AM
Someone wrote an article about them here on PP - I think it was maybe saramarie