Monday, 9/27: This day's worthwhile experience was very interesting. A few months ago, I found a new penpal. We didn't exchange too many letters, just a handful, but they were always long, thoughtful, very interesting letters; probably the best penpal letters I've ever had!
Anyway, I found out recently that she decided to join a convent as a religious sister (not a nun, I'm not clear on the differences, though). She sent me a box with a note, saying she was leaving in 2 days; she wasn't sure they'd let her write in the convent. I believe part of her move to the convent was getting rid of her possessions; the box she sent me included a book she'd loved, two religious cards that had a lot of significance to her, smooth stones with what seemed to be crocheted covers, a few coins, and a box of photos from her life. They were polaroids of beautiful scenery, snapshots of her friends goofing off, school pictures where her friends had written notes on the back, all kinds of different photos. It was the most wonderful and sad package I've ever gotten, a real window into someone else's life, and even if I never hear from her again, I will treasure it, and know she has made an impact on my life.