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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Facebook Nana

Tuesday’s Thought

Wonders never cease. I did it! I’m now on Facebook (an Internet social network, www.facebook.com). Why? Because I want to stay in touch with a grown son who speaks “Facebook.”

Years ago this same son really wanted to communicate with his grandmother by e-mail. My sister and I bought Mother an e-machine and paid for the monthly Internet cost. But Mom said she was too old to learn all of the new technology, and the e-machine was returned.

That was about 10 years ago. Ten years filled with graduations, and dating, and weddings, and the birth of Mom’s great-grandbabies.

I dearly love my mom, but I made a note to self when she didn’t learn how to use e-mail: “Be uncomfortable. Learn new technology if that’s what it takes to stay in touch with loved ones.”

It’s so easy to send e-mails—once you learn how to do it. And after my son taught me how to use Facebook, I realized that it’s also really easy to use. My fears were unfounded, as were Mom’s a decade ago.

If you have electronically savvy grandchildren, ask them what is the best way to communicate with them—by e-mail, Facebook, or by cell phone. They’ll likely be thrilled if you ask them to teach you how to use today’s technology. Especially when they realize that you want to connect with their hearts.

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Anonymous said...

Mary, I do not do facebook either and I probably should learn how to do it, because I hear my kids talking about it a lot. Also there is this chat thing that would be pretty interesting too. I agree, we should try to keep up to the times. I did learn how to text message. Happy New Year to You and Jim. Elaine

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Happy New Year, Elaine, to you and Jim! I actually was pretty intimated about Facebook initially, but it really is easy. I've decided that I'll just check Facebook a couple of times a week--can't do everything. It is great to know more about what's going on with the kids and grandkids by looking at Facebook. Loved your Christmas letter! --Mary

Anonymous said...

I recently heard from a cousin, who just discovered Facebook: "This is my second day to be on facebook! I think this could be addicting. I've heard from more relatives and friends in 24 hours than in the last year."

Yesterday, I invited my brother in Texas to join us online, and I noticed this morning that he's already connected with 8 "friends."

Since I work from home now, I told my husband that I connect with most of my friends via social networks--like Facebook. I can even view pictures of their friends and families whenever I want. And it sure saves on the phone bills. I'm hooked, too! kj