Penpals to part after brief visit
TWO women who have been penpals for 66 years will part today for what both realistically think may be the last time.
But English visitor Margaret Trinder, who has been corresponding with Bundaberg's Margaret Olsen since they were teenagers, said yesterday she had learnt never to say never.
“We met up in Sydney nine years ago and, when we parted in Adelaide, I thought we'd never see each other again, and here I am,” she said.
Mrs Trinder came to Bundaberg to help Mrs Olsen celebrate her 80th birthday on Tuesday, and starts the long trip back home today.
But Mrs Olsen said that after a glass of wine on Tuesday evening, Mrs Trinder hinted she may be back to help her friend celebrate her 81st birthday.
“I won't say I'll never see her again when we say goodbye,” she said.
Mrs Olsen said the pair began exchanging letters when her high school teacher said writing to a pen friend would help improve her English skills.
She said the pair had become close through their letters.
“Through the 66 years we've shared a number of low points in our lives and a number of high points as well,” Mrs Olsen said.
Mrs Trinder said Mrs Olsen was an exceptional letter writer who wrote long letters.
“I struggle to fill two or three pages,” she said.
Mrs Olsen said the visit had been a great way to celebrate her birthday.