I love writing letters.
I love receiving letters even more.
When I was at school I had three pen-pals through the IYS (International Youth Service) and wrote to them for years. I don't think the IYS exists any more.
We were given forms to complete and had to choose countries that we were interested in having friends in.
I didn't get to go to America until my honeymoon and always really wanted to so one of my penpals was in San Francisco, one was in Canada and I later had one in Mexico (to help me practise my Spanish).
I am still in touch with two of them.
A few months ago I was talking to my daughter and her friends about my pen-pals and they loved the idea of writing to kids their own age from another country so we decided to set up a pen-pal club.
Our plan was to first find some pen-pals (more on that in a sec) and then to meet at our house once a month or so and have a little tea party then sit around and write short letters, which I would supervise, and hopefully read the ones that had been sent to them in between.
The penpals would need to be English speaking as in Wales the only other language they learn at their age is Welsh!
We Googled schools in the States as we thought the kids there would like similar music, tv programmes etc and contacted the Principal of one school which we chose at random but she never got back to me. I fully understand that she was probably just suspicious and cautious so didn't bother trying another school. No doubt immigration has been informed and I'm on some weirdo list somewhere and will be taken aside for interrogation on my next visit to the States.
However, the girls still want their penpal club.
So basically, can you help?
My daughter and her friends are 8 going on 9 and about to start year 4 next week - I think this is the equivalent of the 3rd grade in the States.
There are 5 girls and their names are Lily, Maddie, Molly, Holli and Alex and they would love to write to a group of friends of around the same age.
I would make sure that the club is kept up with and not abandoned leaving their poor transatlantic friends disappointed.
I'm not a weirdo! Well, I am a bit but I'm not dangerous.
You've all known me for a while now so know that I have values and morals etc. and love doing fun stuff with my kids.
Whilst I love my computer and how easy it is to make friends all over the world through blogging I do love the thrill of old fashioned snail mail arriving on my doormat (except bills or final demands that is!) It would also help my daughter with her spelling and she needs a lot of help!
If your daughter and her friends would be interested please let me know - they may make lasting friendships like their Mummy's do on-line - you never know.