Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Just When I Think I'm Bored with Facebook

Sometime between Washington crossing the Delaware and Grant and Lee meeting at Appomattox, I worked at a college. It was small and had potential for greatness, and there were some wonderful faculty members and students. It had great location and community contacts, but things there were a little dicey. Crazy, really. There were undercurrents and overcurrents and swirling currents of unrestrained toxins which tainted most of the good things coming out of those hallowed halls of higher learning. *The writer can't decide if she should gag at the memory or gag at the trite expressions which have taken this post hostage.*

I did a mighty good job there in spite of the circumstances, but sometimes enough is enough and the day I walked out of there having tendered my resignation was joyful. I went home, gathered up my baby girl and was free of that terrible work environment and anything associated with it.

Somehow, the next 14 years moved quickly and when any thought of that yucky school arose, I just put my fingers in my ears and ignored it.

Then one night last winter, a friend request on Facebook forced me to think about that college. The request was from a co-worker from that horrible school. I've thought about her sometimes. I even referenced her here. It took me 3.7 seconds to accept that request (and that included the 3.6 seconds it took for the grumpy computer to wake-up and respond.)

That former co-worker and I met up last night. We commiserated about our former employer. We laughed. We shared pictures of our families. And we marvelled that if it hadn't been for Facebook, we would never have known that we both now teach at the same community college :)

Here's to regenerating old friendships.






16 comments:

Cairo Typ0 said...

Great story!! :) We had a mini hs reunion thanks to facebook.

It sounds horrible but sometimes i really wonder what people did before the internet!

Lady Christie said...

That's really great! It's funny that you both teach at the same community college now, how weird is that.

Living on the Spit said...

How cool is that. I love FB. I have connected with and reconnected with the most amazing people. Unlike the past, I can delete the ones that don't work in my life. :)

Jeannelle said...

Bravo for FB and your open attitude toward making connections. That's amazing about you two now teaching at the same school....your friendship sounds meant to be despite everything else.

kim-d said...

That is really cool, and the two of you are just as cute as can be! I have a serious love/hate thing going with Facecrack. I'm now back to blogging more...but for the longest time it was more Facecrack. I guess it's nice to have both, huh? Vive le options. HA! ;P

Kelli Nørgaard said...

Ok, now my task for the day...to find you on Facebook!! :o)

Decadent Housewife said...

Cool! FB - jury is still out.

Lucy and Ethel said...

What a fun story, and a cute picture to go with it!

I agree with Cairo Typo - what DID we do before the internet???

Maybe cleaned house.

Lucy

Laura ~Peach~ said...

gotta love the internet... and facebook has brough some old friends to me too... i am glad i finally gave in an joined ....my blog is not always so glad....

Betty said...

That´s so nice that you got to meet again. And work at the same college and didn´t even know? That must be some big place.

Mental P Mama said...

I love these FB stories! How much fun!

A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

What a small world, eh? I'm just impressed you can navigate Face Book. I signed up for it and still can't figure out how to get around.

Wendy said...

I love your gorgeous blog design! :)

imbeingheldhostage said...

This was great to read because I have been hiding from my facebook-- I accepted friend requests with people who somehow still think I'm 13 and think it's ok to talk to me that way. This post made me remember all of the great people I've linked up with.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

What a great story. How fun! And a nice snap of you two girls!

Mrs4444 said...

FB rocks. I'm happy for you both :)