wow what a great statement: I have been a social worker in mental health for 10 years: Yes, what you write is so very true: thanks for sharing.
I know it's been months since your post, but I just found it today. Thanks (too small a word) for your fierce presence!
Although I am interested, I would make a poor pen pal these days. My plate is quite full, is about to be much fuller, and I do write several people as it is; I think I would make a poor pen pal at the present time. However, if your son is interested in Buddhist practice, I do have some Buddhist resources that may be beneficial to him--pen pal programs, as well as educational ones.