Memory Of a Pen Pal- a poem
Memorable photos of Two Pen Pals
Boxes of letters
Put away from years ago
Revealing feelings and dreams,
Truths and Emotion.
Should I open up those envelopes
To discover what we had left behind?
Should I just throw them away,
Never to remember what I thought was
A best friend forever,
A relationship that was left to perish?
Before I reveal such writings
I find deep into the subconscious
A memory of who we used to be.
More than a decade has now passed,
So be it.
No, but I am curious, if I am the only one
To go through those letters, one by one
Would be a great analysis of how two lives
Tried to combine into one.
Only to find that two have matured
In different directions.
But the revelation could also be
A hindrance to the future.
Let's not let the past engulf
The present reality.
Finally, this box of letters
Now will close,
Let wisdom remain with
The knowledge that there is
No need to return to that page
Keeping Up With Childhood Friends
It was a sweet wish of one mother for her only daughter to make a friend and keep it, despite the distance and the difference of life style. If this mother of my childhood pen pal was still alive, I would definitely thank her. The mom of this pen pal friend was not around for very long. She unfortunately passed away from a cerebral vascular stroke when my friend whom I wrote to continuously was only 18 years old. She took the photos of her daughter, Nancy and me when we were both vacationing with our own families at the same resort motel. It was a wonderful experience awaiting my dear young friend's letters weekly to monthly.
We kept in touch regularly from elementary school, when US postage was only 8 cents per letter, through middle school level. when postage went up to 13 cents per letter, through high school, in which we shared many emotional changes of teen life. When we went to college, the letters were fewer, but consisted as multiple pages stapled together, only to catch each other up on ongoing dramas of our lifetime experiences. We then grew up, going to college and eventually into adult relationships, employment, career choices and marriage.
I think when two people grow up and go on with their lives, there is a possibility of separation. Each one of us have different goals, psyche, dreams and plans. The best way to continue a relationship with friends who are born in a different lifestyle, is to try to find a common ground, a common belief, and a common interest. Being on social networks teaches us that many can join in communication with one another because of something that there is in common with each other.
There can be a disappointment when one makes the effort to keep in touch and that person does not respond. The best way to deal with this lack of response is to be patient, pray for that individual, and forgive them for not being able to respect the relationship that had once before flourished. We can only hope for the best in people who we met in childhood. Everyone grows up. It is just nicer when childhood friends can reminisce together.
Copyright @2013 CMCastro
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