Saturday, September 26, 2009
Feelings About Life, Death & Facebook
Social Media has become a HUGE part of many people's lives. I have a job because of social media. I use Twitter, Facebook, and blogs ALL DAY LONG! Soooo my own little blogs have been feeling neglected for sure! But when does it all become TOO MUCH ... too invasive ... too permeating ... oh I know when ... this morning. That's when FB became like the paparazzi ... annoying, always there, reporting very private details of life.
I signed on to show my mom a few pics and noticed this post on my cousins wall ...
"S is Missing her Grandpa ... R.I.P"
Ummmm .... What %#@*@($*?? My mind quickly calculated the facts ... we have the same Grandpa ... and her other Grandpa had already passed. I looked up at my mom, tears on the brink of spilling down. My Grandpa, my Mom's Dad had passed away on Thursday night and she couldn't bring herself to tell me over the phone. So, instead, I found out on Face Book ... huh? It felt wrong, surreal, and at the same time almost laughable. If my Grandpa, Richard Matthew Lynch, had known I would find out about his death through the internet, on something called Face Book, he would have been beyond confused.
There is nothing wrong with my sweet cousin putting her thoughts about our Gramp on Facebook ... most of our family is on there and now I'm blogging about it! It was just so strange to find out from Face Book, that my funny, golf loving, cane collecting, doughnut eating Gramps had left earth. Grampa never even knew FB existed!!
Things on earth have changed ... no question. And I guess it's better not to label our new experiences as good or bad. They just are ... and they couldn't be anything else at the time. And when we leave this all behind and float into the ether ... none of these earthly details will matter, will they?
With Gratitude for growing up with a Grampy who couldn't have done the whole Grandpa thing any better! I'm having old fashion doughnuts for breakfast Gramp!