Pen Pals Prove That The Art Of Handwriting Is Beautiful And Transformative

The pen pal relationship is unique. Strangers who decide to pick up a pen and piece of paper and communicate the old fashion way often find themselves enthralled with the life of the person they are writing to on a regular basis. These special friends allow us to invite someone else into our world without the worry about how they may react around our friends and family or how they might perceive us through our non-verbal communication skills and ability to hold a conversation in the real world.

These pen pals will remind you that sometimes we just want to share our stories with people who are genuinely interested in what we have to say and how we live our lives.

Pen Pals And A 72 Year Story


Nona Avery sits down at her desk twice a month and picks up her pen to send a letter to her best friend. The 84-year-old woman has been writing to her pen pal for 72 years. The British woman’s pen pal relationship with Alice Powers from Cincinnati, Ohio started when she was only 12-years-old. Explaining her first letter, Avery says, “It was from a girl called Alice Powers who was also 12 and lived in Cincinnati, Ohio. It sounded really exotic and so far away, almost like another world. The women would share stories about their lives, revealing their first loves, milestones they faced, and other parts of their lives. Both women were married in the 1950s and went on to have a total of five children among their marriages. It wasn’t until 1987 that the women were finally able to meet in England after Alice saved up the money to make the trip.