Saturday, January 30, 2010

Just Call Me Cousin!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I think one of the best things I can say about Facebook, is that it has brought me closer with a number of members of my family.  A big chunk of my family lives overseas--in England, Scotland, and now in Spain.  It's hard to have much of a relationship with someone when they're three-to-five thousand miles away.  But these days, it's a lot easier.

Oh, we had email, but we didn't use it much--until Facebook.  It's neat to tune in to see what my cousins in England are up to -- and my Aunt in Spain -- on any given day.  (Debs has started a new job.  Michele is learning Spanish.  Robert's a wiz at underwater photography.)

But another perk is that I've gotten to know my husband's cousins better, too. 
Sisters forever
Soon after we started "courting," hubby told me tales of his cousins Shelley, Sharon, and Barbara.  Shelley and Barbara are now my friends on Facebook, too.  They are the cousins--or even the sisters--I wish I'd had, and I envy the wonderful close, sisterly relationship they have.  I've never met two women who are so into life and having fun, and they have the biggest hearts in the world.  Barbara even set up a signing for me in Medina, NY in December.  And then not only did she come to the signing, she brought her hubby, and Shelley and her hubby showed up, too.

What's really neat, is they introduce me as their cousin.  I've been accepted into the family, no ifs, ands or buts.

There's a wedding coming up in June on that side of the family.  I don't know how much fun the bride and groom are going to have, but with Shelley and Barbara around, there's sure to be one heck of a rollocking time.

Have social networks brought you closer to your family?