Alice''s Attic: Danish pen pals cherish special connection
August 26. 2014 1:17PM
Reading the article in the Argus Leader about the two ladies who have been pen pals for many years inspired me to write about my pen pal, Vagn Jensen.
About 20 years ago, on one of our trips to Jackson Hole, Wyo. we had gone into town to attend the movie one Sunday afternoon. When we came out of the theater to my car, I noticed a slip of paper behind the windshield wiper. It was from a Vagn Jensen (Jensen is my maiden name) who had noticed my “DK” (Denmark) sticker on the back window.
He wrote that he was born in Denmark. He gave me his address and phone number, stating that he would like to hear from me.
He and wife, Kathy live in Idaho Falls, Idaho. So, as soon as we were home again, I did write a long letter to him. And, then, it began!
We have been writing ever since, but mostly send e-mail now and an occasional phone call, usually on our birthdays.
We are both Danes. We have the same birthday; we both have a son named Scott and they both live in Washington. We each have two sons and a daughter.
After Vagn came to the United States, he traveled to Canada and lived there for a time where he attended the University of Saskatchewan, and studied radiography at the Union Hospital in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
I was born in Portage-la- Prairie, Manitoba. That’s our Canada connection.
We met each other when Kim and I traveled to Idaho Falls and were guests in Vagn and Kathy's home. His sister, Nia, was also there from Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a typical Danish lady who reminds me of my Aunt Dinne!
Vagn and Nia endured and survived the dangerous and horrible years of the Nazi occupation of Denmark, and, somehow their family escaped the worst of the horrors of those five years. Vagn has written a book about it with the most unbelievable stories.
Yes, it is amazing who we meet in our lives, and to have a great pen pal just seems so right. We are curious about the future years and hope that we can always keep up our letters.