Saturday, December 12, 2009
In 1958 I was given a penpal from Finland! Her name was Raija and she was studying English; I, French. We wrote to each other steadily for ten years, through high school, college, and her marriage and birth of two sons, while I went to graduate school. In the following thirty years, we lost track of each other, until Bruce received a grant from the school where he was teaching, so that he could travel to the International Horn Symposium in Lahti, Finland. I wondered (since I was going to go with him) whether or not I would be able to find Raija again. When I wrote to her old address, she was still there! We were able to visit with her during our trip in 202, and we continue to write. She has recently retired and has been drawing, more. Over the summer she sent me a postcard with her artwork, which I then put onto a tile, now on it's way to Helsinki.