Sunday, July 19, 2009

Renewing Ties

When I was 13 years old, I joined the International Youth Service, a pen pal organization for teenagers around the world between the ages of 10 to 18 years old. That was during the era when e-mail was still unheard of. Through IYS, I met another 13 year old girl from Pertunmaa, Finland named Pirjo. We communicated regularly for several years and even after college; but I stopped writing around the mid '90s when I became too busy with work.

Although it has been more than a decade since we communicated, I have not forgotten about my friend. Three days ago, I did a Google search for her name. Lo and behold! I found her listed in Facebook. I immediately sent a friend request and a message re-introducing myself. About 30 minutes later, I received her reply:

What a lovely surprise to find you here! Of course, I remembe you : -). I've search you many many times from FB, but never with a success :-).

I've thought about you often and wondered how you're doing. You really made my day. I'm so happy to hear from you. This is one of the reasons I love FB.

Now we have an easy way to be "penpals" again!

Have a great day and I hope to hear more about your life.

Warm wishes,
Pirjo

Thanks to Facebook, I am reunited with my friend.



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