I started using Facebook about a year ago. My sisters and my son convinced me that I should hop on the bandwagon. After spending a year partaking in all of the fun, I have pondered whether or not it is worth it. The down side is that you see a side of people that you never knew existed, and quite frankly, that you really wished you wouldn't have seen. I guess the mere fact that people can sit in front of their computer, instead of facing an actual person, gives them the boldness to use language that they would never have used if they were speaking directly to you. I've found that at times I am "out of the loop" and discover shocking things about people, or stumble across startling photographs. But on the flip side, I have seen many positive aspects of the whole Facebook experience. I "talk" to one of my sisters on almost a daily basis. She lives a long way from me, and so it is a great way to stay in touch. Cousins that I used to rarely see now pop up on my screen almost daily. I can hop on over to their pages, and see at a glance what they are up to, hear about their kids, and every now and then get a good chuckle about some of their antics. Keeping in touch with old high school friends has also been very enjoyable. Being able to see pictures of a brand new niece within hours after she was born, and hear that everyone is doing well, is a blessing. So you see I have many more "plus" items than "negative" items. But one item to add to the "plus" side is that I was recently connected to a childhood friend that I would never have guessed I would ever have seen again. She was the perfect friend -- a next door neighbor friend. Someone who was always there; and there was never a question of whether or not we would spend a day together. We spent summers riding her horse, wandering the countryside, eating rhubarb and strawberries out of her mother's immense garden, and just being friends. Here is a picture of us. Aren't we a rough and tumble looking group. From left to right is my friend, Pam, me, and my sisters Megan, and Peggy. We are holding some of our new puppies.
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