It all started in 1981 when I paid 50 cents for a pen-pal from overseas. In today's money that would be about $1.30 which is still a great deal. I've written about Jane before, but as the years go by the story keeps getting better.
I remember my first awkward letter that I wrote to Jane introducing myself. At that time, I thought school was a "drag" and my favorite foods were lasagna and prime rib. It seems, even as a teenager, I knew how to eat well!
Communication certainly has changed since we began writing. We originally sent letters via snail mail where if we forgot to send it "First Class Air Mail" it would take almost two weeks to arrive via boat. And now, we can email, Skype, and basically speak as if we were living next door to one another.
Jane and I grew up together even though we are thousands of miles apart. We were fortunate enough to meet face to face in 1991 and since then have had the pleasure of crossing the Pond a total of 4 times to visit each other...We each crossed the Pond twice, the last time being in 2000 when my husband and I went to England. Then Jane and Tom had their first child, Jessica, who was just 18 months old.
Now thirteen years, two children, some health issues, lots of gray hair, and a few pounds later we finally were able to get together again!! We were lucky enough to meet up in Florida. Jessica in now 14 and her brother Fraser is 12.
Most people go to Orlando, Florida to visit Mickey Mouse and all things Disney, and while we did make sure we went to do those touristy things, our main event was visiting our friends from England!
Anticipation mounted as we entered the restaurant...it was quite empty except for these two lovely children sitting in a booth...
~Fraser and Jessica~
Our vacation had truly started!
As soon as we saw Jane and Tom, it was as if all time was erased.
We spent hours talking and eating. We did a lot of eating! Our friends were visiting America, after all, so we had to take them to share in some good ol' American food. Our first night we went to Giordano's Pizza.
While Charlie and Tom reminisced about our past visits, we ordered enough pizza and pasta for a small army.
While Fraser ordered a unique pineapple and jalapeno pizza,
we all joined him in eating a sausage and cheese deep dish pie!
Jane and I (so many years later)...we didn't want the night to end.
Even the kids were having a good time!
Stay tuned to see where we go to eat next...it's a restaurant they do not have in England, but it is for the seafood lover in you!