Sunday, December 14, 2008

I heart Facebook

The many forms of me stare back at me on just one page.

Kindergarten friends. Elementary friends. Neighborhood friends. Cousins from long histories ago. High school best friends. College cohorts. Newspaper colleagues from near and far.

Best friends.

Past boyfriends.

Zen teachers.

Current friends that I've never met or only met once -- through blogging.

Even my boss, as of last week, became a friend on Facebook.

Each night, after we tuck the girls into bed, I climb into my computer chair for what I call Facebooking time. It's when I get to reconnect with people from my past and my present all in one sitting.

It's beautiful because with each facet of friendship and relationship and connection, I pick up the pieces of the woman I am with each face, each memory.

And, as I learn things about all of these people in an easy-to-read format, I am learning that we're all as much alike as we are different.

We're all new and old and learning together. I've rekindled girlfriend relationships, and even rebuilt a bridge over troubled waters (or two).

Signs that we're aging, yes, but that we're essentially who we've always been. Just with some character lines -- and some children.


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5 comments:

mapelba said...

I don't visit as often as I should, but I am glad to see you on facebook. Sometimes I have mixed feelings about fb, but it is good to connect.

kisatrtle said...

I enjoy facebook, too.

LauraC said...

I am really enjoying facebook too, although it's oddities do confuse me. Like when long-lost friends friend you and then don't replay to emails.

Or when the man who broke my heart, I mean shattered it into a million pieces and left me sobbing every day for over a year, suddenly wanted to be my "friend" 12 years later.

I'll take the tiny weird things about facebook to get all the fun out of it though.

Jaina said...

That thing consumed SOOO much of my time sophomore year when it came out for college students. I still spend too much time on it, but I've found SOOO many friends on there. Preschool friends even, it's so cool. :)

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

It's true. It's strange and wonderful to have those virtual spaces where different people from different parts of your life can all join in one place. It makes me think of my wedding, when old friends and new all gathered together in one place to celebrate. :)