Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Facebook - A Blessing for Oldies
Whatever the dangers of the Internet for the very young, I shall be forever grateful to Facebook for enabling really old friends to look each other up and connect again. I'm talking 36 years here. I lived in Israel for two years, 1973 - 1975 (incidentally, through the Yom Kippur war), and some Israeli girls became very dear to me. I corresponded for a while with one or two but inevitably lost touch over the years. Yesterday, I was reunited with the dearest of those and we spoke over Skype (thank you Skype!). Her beloved voice is just the same but we didn't have our cameras on. Today we are about to have a long and satisfying chinwag, having given ourselves time to get dressed and put our make-up on! I hope she recognises me and that I don't look too old! Our Facebook photos don't really do us justice, do they? We have so much in common and so many memories.... I just hope it doesn't plunge us into unwise nostalgia for our lost youth. I think sometimes, that is exactly why we want to look up old friends. Fate plays a hand - she still works full-time, but today is a holiday in Israel, Rosh Hashana, so maybe this connection was meant to be for a reason.