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?

13 comments:

Katie said...

definitely! I've found cousins on my dad's side I never met or knew I had. And I've been talking more with the cousins on my mom's side as well. We moved away from most of them when I was 9, so I never grew up knowing them. It makes it a lot easier for grandparents (husband's parents and great grandma) and aunts/uncles to see pictures of my kids as well.

Dru said...

yes, it has. I'm talking with cousins I haven't seen in awhile.

I'm talking with my have-never-met half-sister and plan to meet her sometime this year.

My mom was separated from her family when her parents died so now I'm finding relatives and hope to meet up with them as well.

Somehow Facebook brought families back to one another.

Jessica said...

Yep! I love my facebook! I keep in touch with family that live several thousand miles away, plus its help me reconnect with friends that I hadn't seen since high school!

Andrea C. said...

I do get to keep track of family a bit better, but like Jessica, it has been awesome to reconnect with people from high school. There are old friends who I had not even talked to since the day we graduated. It has been wonderful to catch up and see what everyone is doing! What a blessing!

Mason Canyon said...

I have connected with cousins I haven't seen in awhile. Facebook does make it easier. It's great to see photos of everyone too.

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Jessica said...

woohoo! Go cozy chicks!!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I have a lot of cousins, but had fallen out of touch with them until Facebook hit the scene. It's a great way to keep up.

Elizabeth

Linda said...

I just got on facebook a few months back and I love it. And yes, it has brought me in touch with relatives. I have a niece who moved to Albania a few years ago, so it has been great keeping in touch with her. In fact, she just moved temporarily to Tasmania, and already a kangaroo has tried to break into her small house. It's great that facebook is such a fun and easy way to keep in touch with her, and other friends/relatives too.

signlady217 said...

I'm not on Facebook, but my husband is. And yes, he has reconnected with several cousins that he hasn't seen in person for a number of years. He has always been able to find friends from high school that he's enjoyed catching up with and people that we went to church with when we lived in Florida. so I know he has enjoyed that.

Wendy Lyn Watson said...

Facebook has been great for catching up with high school and college friends, but the unexpected surprise was family: I'm somewhat estranged from my father, so I haven't seen much of his side of the family in ages. But my cousins on that side have friended me on Facebook, giving me a chance to see pics of their children (whom I've never met).

I understand the concern about online relationships being shallow, and they don't replace my face-and-phone friends, but I sure get a lot out of social networks.

Dave Chaudoir said...

It definitely has, especially with cousins and extended cousins. It's also put me in touch with people I didn't necessarily WANT to be in touch with, i.e. old high school classmates. But my usual score is to friend them, then quietly and unceremoniously "de-friend" them in the dead of night... under deep cover. Poof! Gone again. Occasionally I get a message that says, "I've tried friending you, why won't you friend me? I can't understand, etc etc." I have never de-friended family, though, nor ever felt the need to.

Heather Webber said...

I've really enjoyed reconnecting with people on FB. Not quite sure what I did without it...