Friday, June 11, 2010

Facebook, Friendship and Fun

I must be a rare soul, for (it seems) I'm one of the few people not complaining about Facebook. But I just can't think of a reason to complain about something which makes me so darn happy.

Like yesterday. My Facebook friend, Pat, mentioned the song, You've Got a Friend, performed by James Taylor so I went to YouTube and listened to it. And listened again. And cried for no reason. And thought of how I've only had one friend who would come whenever I needed him. Only one. Jesus.

Ah. "Ain't it good to know that you've got a Friend?" Yes, it is. Indeed (as Spock would say. ...ha.)

Then another FB friend yesterday, an old pal from high school, sent me a link to his favorite version of On The Street Where You Live. (The day before, we'd been both listening to that song. A wild coincidence!) And wow. I needed that, too, for all day I'd been drippy with rare allergy problems (achoo! achoo!) and the skies were cloudy again and I felt, well, bleh, until though the sun broke free at 3:00. Then that zippy song came along and pushed me into dancing around the house and yard and sunshine.

Oh, I have stories of other kind Facebook friends! But I'll just share how one dear old friend from childhood (I was 8, she was 5 when we first met) inspires me. Every weekend she and her family go out and do things. Fun things! Things which do my Old Homebody Heart great good to read.

What do they do? Here's just a partial list from the last few months:

She and her husband ride motorcycles with groups and friends.

They attend themed festivals. They picked peaches at a farm during one of them.

She attends the roller derby with friends.

They go to fun themed restaurants. (She shares photos of all these things.)

They went to a golf tournament then to a dinner afterward at their friends' home.

They attended a classical music concert.

They had a luau at their home 'because there was a great sale on pineapple, mangoes and chicken.' Everyone dressed Hawaiian. She often creates the most exotic dishes and invites friends over to share them.

On weeknights she goes to dance class and learns different dances weekly.

Wow! Now there is someone who will not grow old before her time. (She does all this even while holding a real job, too.) And someone who reminds me, not only in words but in deeds, that I need to get out and have more fun, too.

So thank-you, Facebook, for reuniting me with friends I'd believed I lost many years ago. Friends who bless my heart every day.

I found this adorable tiny bench at a yard sale for just $1.


Lisa in Texas = ) said...

I, too, love Facebook. And I can't understand why people would be gripping about it. I mean - really if they don't like it - don't use it and move on. Oh well - some people need to be gripping about something.
Great post!
Lisa :o)

karla said...

I enjoy facebook as well. I live away from most of my family and it has been a great way to keep in touch with them. It has also been fun to watch the extended family reconnect and interact with each other . thanks.

Pat said...

I like FB too..I don't do a lot of posting, but it's so nice to be able to connect with long lost family and friends. Glad you enjoyed the james Taylor inspiration!
When you mentioned you were listening to "ON The Street Where You Live", you planted the thought in my brain that I must hear that again! Ahhhh, I love those old songs, I think I need to put that on my iPod!

Anonymous said...

Hi Debra,
As one of those long-lost friends from childhood, I too am grateful for FB and for your blog. I feel more connected to you now than ever. Who would have thought!

I love your writings, your descriptions of your home and your life, and your beautiful photos. Makes me want to come over and move in!

Linda Foster said...

4 of our 5 grown children and 6 grands live in other states far away from us so I love keeping in touch with them on facebook!! like anything in our lives we just need to keep a healthy balance.