Prior to this weekend I have only met two pen pals, but I have now met 4, and I met 3 other letter writers I have every intention of writing myself now, too. 🙂
How did this all happen? Well, it all started not even two months ago when it was decided that Othella would be coming to Michigan from Oklahoma to visit family and friends. We knew immediately we wanted to meet each other since we have bonded bunches over the past 7 months, and that soon evolved into her not only spending the night here, but us cohosting a meet-up for all the Michigan members in the League of Extraordinary Pen Pals.
Amethyst, Othella’s friend from Muskegon, MI who moved to Colorado, wound up joining her on her trip and it was a little after 8pm on Sunday that the two of them pulled into my driveway. In my head I pictured us sitting at the table writing letters or making envelopes or SOMETHING, but we were just so caught up talking we never left the living room– even Gabe joined us for a while. Staying up until 3am probably wasn’t the best idea because A) the only crafting we got in were the souvenirs we wanted to make for the meet-up and B) we showed up at the restaurant a bit late– whoops!
Not going to lie, the meet-up was a bit awkward at first. When you stick a group of people who are more comfortable writing letters than speaking out loud at a table, it’s not surprising that socializing felt a bit uncomfortable. Fortunately Amelia’s extroverted boyfriend, Kevin, tagged along and served as our social catalyst, getting us talking more and encouraging us to play the “in bed” game with our fortune cookies (e.g. “You have an appreciation for music and arts… in bed.”). After we were done eating our Chinese food, we wrote to two women in Canada– the fearless leaders of the LEP. I gathered all of our letters upon their completion to be shoved in an envelope and sent their way.
And then we were on our way to The RiverPlace for some window shopping. Well, mostly window shopping. In an outdoor mall full of novelty shops a couple purchases are inevitable. While I loved stumbling upon buried treasure with all the members, I also was happy to get a bit of one-on-one time with Kyleigh. Prior to the meet-up she was the one person besides Othella I exchanged letters with so I was glad I had the opportunity to give her some undivided attention… and introduce her to SugarHigh Bakery. Once the group was back together we split up again… to head to Tim Horton’s.
I always imagined sitting down in a coffee shop with a pen pal and writing together over drinks. I was not disappointed. Granted we didn’t actually write letters in a comfortable silence, but “wrecking” postcards and filling out yearbook sheets for each other over laughs was still right up my alley, and something I’d gladly do again.
In addition to me deciding that Amelia and Brittney deserve intro letters, the general consensus of the group has been that we should do this again. I’m already thinking about potential meet-ups at Johnson’s Pumpkin Farm &/or Painterly Pottery. I’d like to thank Amelia, Amethyst, Andronic, Brittney, and Kyleigh for coming and Othella for being the cause this time around– hopefully when some or all of us meet again Cassie and Jasmine, the other two Michigan members, can join us! And thanks to all of the above for proving why it’s the League of Extraordinary Pen Pals.
Sincerely, Kate ~!~