BACK IN 1963, I WAS

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11 when the Bri­tish In­va­sion hit. Be­cause I loved to send and re­ceive let­ters, I re­ally wanted to find a Bri­tish pen pal.

At that time my mother worked with a woman who had rel­a­tives in Eng­land. She had a cousin, Ann Smith, who was about my age, and my mother got her ad­dress for me. I wrote her a let­ter and was thrilled when she wrote back and sent a pic­ture, top right.

Ann and I have been pen pals ever since— 54 years at this writ­ing.

We have never met face-to-face, but over the years, we have shared our courtships, mar­riages, chil­dren and grand­chil­dren—all the happy and sad events in our lives.

Ev­ery year we ex­change Christ­mas gifts, so we both have a col­lec­tion of trea­sures gath­ered over time. Now, of course, we keep our story go­ing through emails.

SHARON CROMER

WEST COLUMBIA, SC

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