Hello my friends! Today we have another young Penpal of the Week – it’s nice to know that some teenagers are still into letter writing nowadays!
Please tell us about you!
My name is Lizzie and I’m 14 years old. I live with my mum, dad, brother (and all of his reptiles), 2 cats and a dog in Hampshire, England. I spend most of my free time singing, dancing, acting, spending time with friends and family and of course writing letters. You can follow my new blog: I found the randoms.
This is me when I went on a boat trip in Germany.
Describe your personality in 10 words!
Fun, loud, random, crazy (only slightly :D ), creative, outgoing, friendly, messy, organised, unique.
How long have you been penpalling? How did you first start? Tell us about your first penpal!
When I was on holiday when I was about 8 years old I met a girl called Amy who was from Ireland. We became good friends over the week so we exchanged addresses. I wrote to her for about a year until we lost contact. After that, when I was about 9 I signed up to a penpal site and the rest is history.
Me in the snow on 5th Febuary 2012.
How many penpals do you have now and where are they from?
I now have 6 penpals: 1 from Australia, 1 from South Africa, 1 from Germany, 1 from Mexico and 2 from America. They’re all really nice and write regulary. They are all girls who are between the ages of 12 and 15.
What are your favorite topics to discuss in letters?
I love to discuss all sorts of things! I like to tell them about things that have happened since the last letter, share stories, jokes and other things that I know they will be interested in discussing. I ask lots of questions to keep the letters flowing.
This is my cat Daisy and her 4 kittens born on Easter Sunday 2010.
What are you looking for in a penpal?
I like to write to people around my age (In their teens) as I feel it gives us more to talk about. I need to be able to trust they won’t stop writing for no reason. A part from that I’ll write to anyone.
What do you like the most about penpalling?
I love coming home from school and seeing a letter, which has travelled all around the world, sat on the stairs. I love the fact that I can call someone from the other side of the world my friend. I love the feeling you get before you open the letter and the excitement of writing one back.
In what language(s) do you correspond?
I correspond mostly in English but I write in German too. I usually don’t get the word order perfect (in German) but my penpals seem to understand.
This is a sample of my handwriting. I hope you can read it.
What are some of your habits in regards to letter writing?
When I get a letter I have to sit down and start writing straight away. I go into my office and find a colourful pen, some pretty paper and decorate it with lots of stickers. It has to be quiet. I can’t listen to music while writing otherwise I start writing the lyrics to the song mid sentence. I make sure I use a nice envelope too and think “Would I be happy about getting this through the post?”. I usually include some stickers, pencils, pens, coins, stamps, sweets, postcards e.t.c. My letters can vary in length depending on who I’m writing too. If someone asked me lots of questions I can write a small novel! But usually they’re about 4 A5 pages long. My letter is usually in the post the next day but it can take a week or two depending how much school work I have as I can’t rush a letter.
This is my desk where I reply to all my letters.
Has anything strange/funny ever happened to you since you’ve been penpalling?
Nothing strange or funny has ever happened to me. I’ve been quite lucky!
Have you met any of your penpals?
A part from my Irish friend who I met first no. Although I would love to !
Are you currently looking for more penpals?
I’m always looking for penpals around my age! You can contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
! I look forward to hear from you :D
Thank you Lizzie! And now I’m wondering how many people in their teens are reading my blog? Say hello if you see this! :)