I wrote a story about Meggie a few months ago called Letter to a Pen Pal. Here’s what happened next.
The time passed slowly as Meggie waited to get a letter back from her new pen pal Philippa. She asked the teacher almost every day if the letters had gotten there. Finally the teacher said after morning recess, “I have a surprise for all of you. Here are your letters!” Meggie looked at the neatly printed envelope with her name on it and managed to open it without tearing the envelope or the stamp. “Dear Meggie, Thank you for your letter. It is very nice to have a new pen-friend. I am called Pippa by my family, and we have a dog and a cat. This is a postcard from our holiday in Cornwall.”
Meggie read the letter and was happy to have a new pen pal (or pen-friend). She was already thinking about what to write in her next letter. She decided to ask about school and if Pippa had a pet. Meggie carefully placed the letter in a jewelry box with her other treasures to remember her new friend!
Meggie always thought that one of the most enjoyable things about going on family car trips was collecting souvenirs. She saved placemats from restaurants that had puzzles to solve and mazes to navigate. She also liked shells (mostly unbroken) from the beach as well as maps from museums. But the postcards she collected became some of her favorite souvenirs. One time Meggie bought an album of postcards that she could look at like a book.
This was another exciting place to visit!
Today she has a drawer full of postcards from places she has been. They are still wonderful souvenirs and they bring back delightful memories.
Meggie started her collection with postcards of Lexington, Massachusetts, her hometown. Then came postcards of nearby towns like Concord. When her family went on a trip to see relatives in Pennsylvania and New York she bought postcards from there too. She also liked little pamphlets about these places. Soon she had quite a collection.
When friends, neighbors or relatives went on trips she would sometimes get postcards from places she hadn’t been, which was pretty much everywhere. She would go to the library and look at volumes of the World Book Encyclopedia to find out about the cities or states. The more she learned about different places the more she wanted to see them herself! And after she read about Mrs.Tiggy-Winkle she wanted to go to England to see hedgehogs. She kept all these postcards and was determined to see all of them in person someday.
Meggie has always dreamed about travel and it has been as wonderful and exciting as she thought it would be!