I confess I am a fraud. My fancy, dancy website…didn’t touch it. Don’t understand a thing about the technological aspect of social media. Nada! As my live-in techie, aka Frenchman, develops more skill at troubleshooting problems, the less adept I become.

soul sisters

soul sisters

I am able to log onto facebook only because my Frenchman set an automatic entry; I can’t remember any passwords. [div]When my home page pops up and I see the little bubble space under update status with the the question, « How are you feeling, Pat ? » I honestly thought the whole world was worried about my health status.

I would write back, « Not so good today- sore throat, backache, migraine, thanks for asking,» until my daughter, complained, « Mom stop facebooking about how you feel, no one cares. I don’t care and I am a doctor! That question pops up automatically everytime.»

Ditto for the grey comment box with my mug shot – I thought it meant that I was supposed to comment on every posting on the running page.

Actually facebook terrifies me because I understand so little about it. I am not sure how it works, where it goes and who sees it. As a writer I am used to exposing my ideas, but people know stuff about me that I’d rather forget. Like my birthday.

But friends, that is not why I have never answered your request to add birthday to your calendar. The real reason I haven’t responded is  because I don’t know how.

college pals

college pals

Sorry, if I haven’t accepted your offers to play games. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like you, it just means I don’t like games (unless they include a ball.) If I am honest, I’ll admit I don’t know how to play online games. So I won’t be joining the other 41 million enjoying FarmVille, Lucky Slots or Zynga Slingo.

FB’s popularity is a bit superficial like the old autograph hounds we carried in 6th grade where you run around begging everyone to sign your stuffed dog or little book of blank pages. For what? Or the high school yearbook signing – I’ll sign yours if you sign mine.

However, if someone is kind enough to invite me to LIKE their page, I will. Does anyone ever hit the dislike button? C’mon would your tell the hostess, that you don’t like her social gathering?

And if you friend me, unless you are a stalker, pedophile or tax collector, I will friend you back. Friends are golden. FB allowed me to reconnect to high school, college and pro teammates, and friends from childhood through motherhood into middle age.

I dreamed that one day I’d throw a giant celebration reuniting all the people who touched my life from kindergarten onwards, in the places I lived from Sterling to Summit Lake to Illinois State to Washington DC to Europe.

cousins stay connected on FB

cousins stay connected on FB

FaceBook is THAT party.

And it is definitely addicting, like chocolate without the calories.

Another plus, now it’s a thrill to go outdoors once in awhile and see real people like back in the good old days before social media.

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