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For Lubbock attorney Kristen Vander-Plas, becoming pen pals with Barbara Bush started with letters for her birthdays, but the relationship developed into much more over the years.

Vander-Plas was just 12 when she volunteered, as part of a home-schooling civics lesson, for George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign in 2000. Soon after, she began penning birthday well wishes to the first lady and former President George H.W. Bush.

“To my surprise, they started writing back,” said Vander-Plas, an attorney at the Brad J. Davidson Law Firm in Lubbock, who practices civil litigation and appeals and business law.

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