I became a Facebook fan almost immediately when the site was made available to the masses. Just by the nature of the site, I was aware that logic and good reasoning had to apply when using this technological wonder. Don’t post intimate details about your kids. Don’t post your address. Don’t reply to friend requests that seem questionable, etc. etc. But I used Facebook faithfully as a means to let friends, family, and even the occasional fan know what I was doing, when a new book was coming out (this month!!). I went through a phase of posting quotes from famous people, and recipes from friends with flour thumbs. I always enjoyed sharing photos of my trips, but only after I returned. Again, use common sense. Don’t let the world know you’ve vacated your home.
But I have never appreciated Facebook and the hundreds of contacts I have made over the years more than I have the last few days. On Sunday I experienced the heartbreak many of us have felt. I had to let go of my 16-yr-old rescue love of my life, Sparky. My precious pup had slowly gone completely blind and deaf, but still we persevered because he could still do many of the things he enjoyed, like eating, sleeping, walking. But on Sunday, dear Sparky let me know, as so many dogs will, that he was ready. The signs were obvious and I had to heed them. He went quietly with an injection to calm him and a second shot to stop his heart. My goodbyes to this long-time companion were heart wrenching.
I posted my sadness on Facebook the very same day, and I have received hundreds of comments from people who completely understand what I went through or others who, while they may never have had a dog, they have had to let go of something meaningful in their lives. Every comment helped me through the awful first hours and days. I read each one and became aware that people do care. In these days of almost constant turmoil, it’s good to know that a simple, heartfelt announcement of one person’s personal pain can illicit such tender response.
Maybe you are one of the folks who sent me a message. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Yes, Facebook is a time suck. Yes, it can lead to addictive behavior. Yes, people have and will continue to abuse the freedom Facebook affords, but for now, for me, it has been my warm, comfy blanket when I needed it most.
What do you think of Facebook? Have you ever found it to be a support in the trials of your life?
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