Wednesday, 10 February 2016.
Anna loves chatting – and writing in general. When she was a teenager, she used to have over two hundred pen pals. It was so exciting to go to her mailbox after school to retrieve up to ten-twelve letters a day from all over the world.
Such joy and excitement. Emotions.
Every single day.
Her boyfriend at the time was a long-distance relationship, and they too sent each other fun, romantic letters for three long years. Drawings, gifts, books. Paper kisses and longing.
Anna’s father, Marcos, is the one responsible for teaching her the love of reading and writing.
You see, in her childhood her family used to move almost every year – from city to city and country to country. Dad, always the affectionate artistic type, didn’t want his kids to become estranged from their relatives and best friends, and so he taught them all the joys of letter writing when Anna was about 9 years old, and her sister Sarah, 10.
She recalls the day when dad came into their room, holding the beautiful letter paper their mom Riitta had bought. They were living in New Jersey at the time.
“First, write the city and the date on the upper right-hand corner, you see? Like this.
“Good. Well done, my darlings.
“Then you start with ‘Dear Y, how are you?’ Always tell them how you are doing, as well.
“Sarah, watch your handwriting! You’ll want people to understand what you’re saying. There, that’s better.
“Now, you can proceed to share nice things about your life, your pastimes, school and trips. Tell your pen pal how you felt during certain events, not just about the things you’ve been doing. It makes the reading experience more intense and interesting.
“It’s also very important never to forget to ask them about their life. Be curious and show interest. That’s how you make friends and, above all, keep your old ones.
And with a little kiss on their heads — “I’ll proofread your letters when you’re ready and then you’ll go with your mom to the post office.
“Ask me if you need any help, sweethearts.”
Day 17. Grownup Anna has just been on Tinder for a couple of days when she matches with a guy named Tino. Remember? Their chats are so intense and Anna’s feeling very excited to meet him… Unfortunately, he cancels the day before their coffee date, becoming her Tinder disappointment #1.
That is when she reads some advice online, and decides to stop chatting for days and days before meeting up with her dates.
Day 36, and along comes Christian.
Remember him? One of the Englishman? The one Anna matched with after she decided to change her criteria about who to swipe yes to on Tinder.
Yes, that CEO of a new start-up in Finland who promised to come from Germany soon to meet her in person.
The one with the long, manly nose. — She smiles at the thought.
Not knowing if she’ll really ever meet him or not, she decides to make an exception and keep in touch with this guy. They’ve been chatting on a daily basis for over two weeks now.
And every day the chats grow warmer and more fun.
Christian has become the exception to her rule.
10:01 Morning!! 😊 Just reading your messages. I see some selfies up there! 😊
Very frosty here. Hope you slept well. Any dreams?
It’s a nice tattoo. Discreet. 😉 Feminine and sexy.
10:11 Hi Christian…
© 2017 rf
Obs. All names have been changed, and chat messages were published with the match’s kind permission.
Obs. Day 52 since moving out of Mr. Ex’s home, their last home together.