Friday, May 21, 2010

100 Facebook Friends On The Wall

When I started a facebook page I thought I might end up with 15 or 20 friends. One year later, there are 100.

31 of them are my Imaginary Bloggy Friends who also have fb pages. 14 are family members, a few are Sorority Girl's friends, another 19 are past and present co-workers. One of my facebook friends is not even human! The kitty that lives with Sorority Girl and her roomies has his own page.

The last 30 or so are old friends. Some of these people are the kids I spent thousands of hours with, in our neighborhood. They entered my life over 45 years ago. We trade childhood memories and talk about the aging and deaths of our parents. Many of them are high school friends. We graduated 35 years ago andlost track of each other after we all went our separate ways to raise families. Our class hasn't had a reunion for the last 15 years, but we were a very small graduating class (129) and almost everyone is in touch with someone else.

Three people from high school became my facebook friends recently. I have written about one of them here before. We haven't spoken in 35 years and I was shocked to get a facebook friend request from her. The other night we chatted on fb for 2 hours and remembered all the reasons why we were best friends for nearly all of our teenage years.

The second is the couple who double-dated with us for years. They were in our wedding and we have rarely seen each other in the past 25 years. Now that all our children are grown and we're all free to travel, we hope to see each other again.

The third was a "friend suggestion" for someone in our high school class. She was popular and had the most beautiful smile. I clicked the little button that said CONFIRM and discovered that she is very sick. She has been in remission for 19 years and is now fighting for her life again. She survived her first illness because she had the most positive attitude and went on to establish a program for other women that shared her illness.

We have promised her that we'll keep in touch and pray and send positive thoughts and we're thankful for facebook as a way for us to reconnect after all these years


Cat said...

Through blogging, I've met hundreds of people, but there are three people I truly consider friends even though I've never met them in person. I know that seems weird, but it's true, and you, LMSS, are one of them. I'm so happy to count you as a friend.

robertga99 said...

I love Facebook for that reason. So many people pass through our lives that we care about but have lost touch with for whatever reason. It's such a great way to get back/stay in touch with those people.

Meg at the Members Lounge said...

Dear Jeanne, trust me, we bloggers friends are not imaginary, and in fact may materialize one day in the flesh!

It is truly fun to connect with old high school friends that you might otherwise not have gotten in touch with. My only bad Facebook experience is my MIL trying to friend me. She is SOOO not my friend.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

How cool that you've been able to connect with people this way! Sad about the one friend's illness, but I know what you mean about losing touch with old friends over time and the rites of passage with having kids and all that. Neat that you found one another once more!

Hilary said...

I love Facebook because you never know who you will reconnect with. I had a wonderful experience. When I was a little kid my dad and his brother had a huge fight. As a result, I lost touch with four of my cousins. Although both brothers passed away in the interim, around twenty three years passed without any of us seeing each other or speaking. Through Facebook we have reconnected recently. I have gotten together with one, and had lots of online chats with the others.

bunny said...

I love that I am one of your imaginary bloggy friends!

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