Monday, 22 February 2010

It's not all bad


A few weeks ago my family started popping up on Facebook. Before that, just after Christmas, when we visited my Sisterinlaw & her family in Queensland I discovered my non computing BIL on facebook.

In the 10 years since he left Sydney I haven't seen or talked to him much ...Facebook has changed that, I have random chats to him via FB and via status updates , with my niece too. Though we have yet to hook up with webcam so my niece & SIL can see & talk to S & J.

Now my family is on facebook, my brother, SIL, nieces and gasp my mum...then my sister.
I had given up on FB for a while last year because of all the quizzes & requests.

Lately, I feel it's not all bad. I still don't want to know about their Farmville, Mafia wars and accept gifts or be poked but hey I can just ignore those requests.

Of course I have to be more careful now ;) what I say , like and comment on.LOL
The activity information is a cause for concern = ).

MY sister found a long lost cousin, A a few weeks ago. A has pre teen twins Boy / Girl and is going through some rough stuff. I don't remember ever meeting them. It's been good to catch up...virtually. It's been good to offer a few encouraging words.

Today I discovered my cousin, S wanted to be friends with me. He is 3 months older than me. We grew up together in our early years, I remember they lived 5 mins away and we saw them a few times a week. Then in primary years their family moved to Gold Coast ,Queensland for a time. As teens his family returned to Sydney and lived with us in a tiny house & tiny granny flat for almost a year. We were good mates. Six kids & 4 adults was a bit much though.

Since our teens ,we haven't seen each other for years on end, except some 'funerals' .We don't even know each others' kids names. I knew his face straight away from his FB profile.

Although , I saw his sister, my younger cousin -who I would never have recognised.Then his brother's 2nd (?) wife and his father (my uncle ~my Dad's brother who since Dad died and even before we hardly saw).

I saw another uncle too, I've yet to add them all as 'friends'. In some way social media can allow us to keep in touch across the miles (some of my recently re-discovered rels live thousands of km's away) it can't be all that bad .

I like to think my Dad would be smiling down on us. He was a big one for keeping in touch with family.

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Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I love catching up with people I've lost contact with but my mom would be a bit much. I talk to her several times a week already.

jeanie said...

Oh yes - both exciting and scary, eh?

On one hand, a way to connect to many you rarely would otherwise - and sometimes (generally with their status updates but also through your own editing) you realise why you rarely connect...

CatWay said...

The thing I laugh at about Facebook is the people who join madly befriend everyone and play all the games and then lose interest and disappear.

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