Two persons who exchanged letters for 43 years finally meet in person

Krystel Alston, a lifelong friend of Haley Briggs, expressed that the only change now is that they have been in the same location at the same time.

Back in 1980, Alston and Briggs were matched up as pen pals when they were just ten years old. Alston hailed from California, while Briggs resided in Pennsylvania. Despite the distance between them, the two youngsters struck up a friendship through their letters.

Alston expressed his belief that they were likely hoping for continued connection or continuation with the matter at hand.

Yes, they definitely did.

According to Briggs, letter writing was a common practice for a significant period of time. “We wrote by-hand letters for a long time,” she reminisced. “I believe we were genuinely concerned about each other’s well-being, regardless of whether we kept in touch or not.” The act of writing letters was more than just a means of communication; it was a way to show care and thoughtfulness towards one another.

As they spent more time together, they began to uncover both their similarities and differences. It was clear that they each had unique qualities and interests that set them apart, but they also found common ground in unexpected areas. It was a valuable experience for both of them to get to know each other on a deeper level and appreciate the diversity that existed between them.

Alson reflected on the differences between himself and his writing partner. “We would write about our differences, and through that process, we learned more about each other,” he explained. This experience allowed them to gain a newfound understanding and appreciation for one another.

With the rise of social media, traditional forms of communication such as mailing letters have become less common. Instead, women can easily share photos and keep in touch through frequent conversations online.

Briggs stated that there were definitely breaks in the situation.

Alston mentioned that they always found a way to remain in contact.

The group of women had plans to finally meet face-to-face and celebrate their 50th birthday together. However, the unforeseen circumstances of the 2020 lockdowns disrupted their plans, leaving them unable to fulfill their long-awaited gathering.

After a long wait, the opportunity finally arose for Alston to make his way to Pennsylvania. It was an exciting moment as the friends had the chance to meet face to face for the very first time at the Courtyard by Marriott in Wayne. The evening was made even more special as they indulged in a delicious Italian meal together.

According to Alston, they will maintain contact and remain a part of each other’s lives moving forward.

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