Thursday, August 28, 2014
Close to Nowhere
I see all my friends...
I admit to being a Facebooker. And I’m not ashamed! For me, it’s a really good way to keep up with the people I love.
I have two great-nieces and a great-nephew who live in Texas. I haven’t actually seen them since my sister’s (their grandmother’s) funeral in the late 1990s.
Yet, I’ve watched them grow up, become engaged, have babies and I get to be a small part of that. I even get to see their mom, my niece, on the rare occasion.
My other niece, Sister, I get to see sometimes in person. But when she’s on the boat (she’s a cook on a river boat), I can still see her and her captain loves to put pictures of her meals on Facebook. She is a good cook — I taught her!
But I can keep up with her, her former husband whom I still love — everyone gets along beautifully now — and her children who live in Nashville and Little Rock. Her oldest son is expecting another daughter soon and her daughter is expecting a daughter, and I’m really enjoying watching them because they live close enough I will get to hold those babies.
My very dear friend Missy and her children are on Facebook also. Watching all her grandchildren and their parents, who I knew as children, is a great pleasure.
True, it’s vicarious, but it’s much better than never “seeing” them at all. There are many aspects of technology that make it possible to stay close to family and loved ones.
I’ve also enjoyed all the ALS ice bucket challenges. Everyone, it seems, at CrossPointe Church was dumped on. And it was funny to watch the very serious young man who is the preacher at Free Springs Church get ice dumped on him.
Many of my friends and co-workers have been dumped on — my granddaughters had a joint “dumping” and now all their friends are being dumped on.
I think it’s a great idea. Especially, since on Facebook, you can meet people who have ALS and see what it means to them. One young man, 26, has ALS, as does his mom. His grandmother passed away from ALS several years ago.
I understand, also from Facebook, that having the ice water dumped on you simulates briefly what someone with ALS feels. There are two young men in Marshall County with ALS.
Many of the ice dumpings I see are in their honor.
I’d never know any of this without Facebook...
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