Over the years, my little sister has made it a point to keep her geeky, older sister up to date with the latest in technology, music, etc...She was the one who dragged me to the mall to get a cell phone. She was the one who told me in no uncertain terms that I needed to have my "bushy" eyebrows waxed. She was the one who was overjoyed when I bought Ralph Lauren sunglasses and got rid of my Target glasses. (I promptly lost them and am back to Target sunglasses).
She started bugging me about a year ago to join Facebook. I refused. To me, it was just another way to throw personal information out on the internet and I really didn't see the point. Then she told me about something called your "Top 10 Friends List" and my refusal was solidified. Excuse me? We are over 12 years of age and still have a "Top 10 Friends" list? Why not just regress further and say My Best Friend, My 2nd Best Friend, My 3rd Best Friend and so on?
Fast forward to about 3.5 months post partum. I am home alone with the baby. My conversations consist of me giving Cameron a running narrative of what I am doing. "Mommy is fixing your baba (bottle)", "Mommy is going to change your diapee (diaper)", "Can you play in your crib so Mommy can take a shower?" and so on and so forth. My reward is usually a beautiful smile from Cameron or some happy babble, but secretly I YEARNED to talk to an adult and be reassured that there was life outside my den. That I could still hold an intelligent conversation. That I was, in some way, interacting with people. So I set up an account on Facebook. I caved. I caved BIG TIME. Within 24 hours I had over 25 friends. WHAT!?!?!?!?! Soon I was updating my status and commenting on other people's status'. I was addicted. They call the type of phone I have (a Blackberry) a "Crackberry" and with good reason. I recently saw someone refer to "Facebook" as "Crackbook" and I must agree. It has been so nice to find all my old friends. I recently began finding my Tri Delta Sorority sisters from Georgia! I even learned what a "Dorota" is. (can you tell I don't watch much TV?) How fun to catch up on everyone's lives thru their photos and posts. While the conversation is limited, I no longer feel quite so isolated. And hey, I even updated my status while I was in the drive thru at Chick Fil A (via my Crackberry of course) with the comment that I was obsessed with Chick Fil A sauce and got several comments and messages about it. (if you have not tried their new sauce I highly recommend you do). So, I now "get" Facebook. My baby sister would be impressed. And no, I do not and will not have a "Top 10 Friends" list. To regress and quote my 12 year old self on having such a list: "WHATEVER!"