Krystel Alston lives in California and Haley Briggs in Pennsylvania and they have been friends for over 40 years, who just met in person recently! They connected through a fifth-grade pen pal project and just kept it up!
“We wrote by-hand letters for a long time,” Haley said. “I think we thought about each other, whether we were in contact or not.” They shared all of life’s big and small moments together and learned about their differences. They eventually switched to the internet and social media sharing pictures and talking more frequently!
They had planned to meet for a fiftieth birthday celebration in 2020, but had to cancel because…2020.
The stars finally aligned for Krystel to visit Pennsylvania where she met Haley for the first time at a hotel and they caught up over a nice Italian dinner. A local news station was there for their first meeting. “We’ll just continue to stay in contact and stay in each other’s lives,” Krystal said. “Only difference is now we’ve been in the same place at the same time.”