Tears of joy filled the eyes
of one CWN reader in Canada when she got the perfect 50th birthday
present by finding her long-lost Coventry pen pal.
Judy Sullivan put a message in
the CWN Guestbook last May to try and find Wendy Wilkinson.
As teenagers they had been pen
pals, but had lost contact over the years. The pair hadn’t heard
from each other since 1977.
Nine months on and she got the
surprise of her life while checking through her e-mails at her home in
She was on the phone to her
daughter on her 50th birthday on Monday when the name she had been
dreaming of seeing appeared in her in-box.
pictured right, said:
“I had just gotten home
from work and was speaking to my daughter Beverly on the phone, when
I started to check my e-mails.
“When the window opened
and I saw Wendy's brother's name, "George Wilkinson" my
mouth just hung open.
“My daughter kept asking
me if I was there and I couldn't answer her. I was shaking so bad
from the excitement I couldn't even open the message.
“I guess a few minutes
passed before I realized that Wendy had also sent an e-mail. My day
was complete. Tears were in my eyes and I had great difficulty
reading her message.
“I couldn't have asked for
a better birthday present. I was hoping someone that knew her, or
maybe even herself would find it and contact me. To my great
surprise it worked.
“It was worth the wait,
and I did hold a lot of hope that one day, someone would recognize
Judy (as she was then, left) and
Wendy (below right), who lived in
Walsgrave but now lives in Longford, had become pen pals through the
Red Cross when they were 13.
Since finding each other again
they have been emailing each other every day to catch up on their
Wendy who works for Coventry
NHS Healthcare Trust as a nurse, has been married to husband Barry
Keegan for 29 years. When Judy last tracked them down it was by
writing to the old address she had used.
By coincidence Wendy and Barry
had bought her parents’ house, and so for a brief period in 1977
they kept in touch, before drifting apart again.
Wendy (pictured, left)said:
“It was only for my
sister-in-law browsing through the CWN Guestbook that we got back in
“It’s been a very
exciting week and myself and Judy have e-mailed each other everyday
over the past week catching up on the different pathways our lives
have taken since we lost contact.
“What is wonderful is that
due to the internet we have been able to get so much information on
each others lives in such a short time and I don't think the shock
of it all has sunk in yet.“
would be wonderful to think we could visit each other as we have