Facebook’s pros and cons

My sister and her husband came to visit on the weekend.

My sister and her husband came to visit on the weekend.

It was great. We sat around the kitchen table digesting family gossip along with our coffee, feeling all comfortable and good and happy with one another for no other reason than because that’s what we are.

Family!

I was just happy to have them there, in my kitchen with the huge bouquet of lilies on my table, and a hastily made, but soon to be delicious, Saskatoon pie in my oven.

Summer is so good, I muse to myself. It’s so easy to be happy when the sun is shining and the flowers are spilling out gorgeous blooms in reckless abandon and people you love are close by.

The talk invariably turned to our kids. Huge topic. I love talking about my kids and my grandkids and it seemed a very appropriate topic as I bustled around my kitchen like a little tightly wound up little Miss Suzy Homemaker.

Weirdly enough so does my sister. And her husband.

Apparently their son got a birdie on Hole No. 6 at the golf course, their daughter is on holidays and their daughter-in-law made her own dress for her son’s wedding.

“I know,” I said.

“You know?” they said in unison, looking at me questioningly. “How do you know?”

“Facebook,” I said smugly.

Now my sister and her husband are fine, upstanding citizens who have long lived by some good old-fashioned rules. Use a landline telephone if you need to share information, and if it is really important information, stop in and have a coffee and tell them the old fashioned way. Face to face!

Facebook does fit into their lifestyle, nor do cell phones, texting and other abbreviated methods of communication.

My sister and her husband are not the only people who feel that way.

Moms and dads everywhere are grumbling that Facebook knows more about their kids than they do.

They are, understandably, annoyed.

Of course the way to get around that is to become a Facebook junkie, too.

As for me, I’m a fence sitter, of sorts, which is safe though there is always the danger of slivers.

Facebook can be a timewaster, a springboard for gossip and a vessel full of a lot of useless information.

On the other hand, it is a social media vehicle that has taken off like wildfire.

There are very few media outlets, if any, that don’t use it.

I know there is lots of good information on Facebook. I am a firm believer that it is a quick and easy way to capsulate important news and, with the click of a mouse, send it out to a huge readership.

But there are days when it serves me in a different way.

Those are the days when I am prone to procrastination, dullness and, dare I say it, boredom.

Those are the days when my higher self hasn’t kicked in yet, and I’m looking for a little useless information, and, even will stoop so low as to find some gossip. And, of course, there is always the off chance one of my own kids has posted something.

Hence, click. There it is. Facebook.

The latest thing on Facebook seems to be a kind of chain where someone nominates someone else to post three things they are grateful for.

I like that idea a lot, and it is something I would participate in, for sure.

I truly believe gratefulness and happiness are contagious and need to be spread around as much as possible.

My grateful thing!

Two weeks of holidays. Really, I’m wildly, almost deliriously excited.

And, of course, grateful!

Treena Mielke is editor of the Rimbey Review, and a columnist for Black Press.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

25-year-old Rachelle Okrusko has been missing since Jan. 12, 2021. Photo provided by Wetaskiwin RCMP.
Update: Wetaskiwin RCMP looking for missing woman; Rachelle Okrusko is no longer missing.

25-year-old Rachelle Okrusko has been missing since Jan. 12, 2021.

Chelsey Rain. Photo provided by Wetaskiwin RCMP.
UPDATE: Missing Wetaskiwin woman found

23-year-old Chelsey Rain has been missing since New Years Day.

Metro Creative Connection
Pigeon Lake Santa’s Elves celebrates 21 years of donated food hampers

Community donations from 4-H groups, Mulhurst Fire and local businesses key to this years success.

Black Press file photo
Maskwacis male charged with 2nd degree murder

18-year-old Kaydence Clark Roasting of Ermineskin Cree Nation was arrested at his residence.

Alberta has 3,651 active cases of COVID-19.  (File photo)
750 new COVID-19 cases identified in Alberta Sunday

Central zone currently has 1,182 active cases of the virus

A scene from “Canada and the Gulf War: In their own words,” a video by The Memory Project, a program of Historica Canada, is shown in this undated illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Historica Canada
New video marks Canada’s contributions to first Gulf War on 30th anniversary

Veterans Affairs Canada says around 4,500 Canadian military personnel served during the war

Lacombe is looking at its options for reclaiming sewage lagoons that are no longer needed. Vesta Energy Ltd. has signed a deal to use three lagoons to store water for fracking.
Map from City of Lacombe
Energy company to use former Lacombe sewage lagoons to store fracking water

Vesta Energy Ltd. will pay Lacombe more than $100,000 a year in 20-year deal

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on Monday that11 more people had died from COVID-19, bringing the province’s death toll to 1,447. (Photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Eleven more Albertans die from COVID-19

There were 739 people in hospital, 120 in ICU on Monday

World Juniors’ referee Mike Langin makes a called during the Canada vs. Slovakia at the 2021 World Junior Championship at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Dec. 27, 2020. (Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada)
Former Sylvan Lake man lives his dream at World Junior Championships

Mike Langin was one the 25 Canadian officials who worked during the tournament

The Mountain Cree Traditional Band headquarters in Mirror, Alta. has been the target of theft and vandalism. (Photo submitted)
Mountain Cree Traditional Band’s headquarters broken into five times

AWNTB says not enough been done to deter crime in Mirror, Alta.

Indigenous people gather for a ceremony for Cindy Gladue held at the courthouse in Edmonton, Alta, on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Bradley Barton, a 52-year-old long-haul truck driver from Ontario on trial for manslaughter, is accused of killing Gladue. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
People stand in support of mother as new trial gets underway in death of Cindy Gladue

Bradley Barton, a long-haul truck driver from Ontario, will now be tried for manslaughter in the 2011 death

(Photo submitted)
RCMP say ice climber seriously injured after reportedly falling 12 metres near Abraham Lake

Police say man’s injuries were serious but not life-threatening

U.S. military units march in front of the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 in Washington, as they rehearse for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, which will be held at the Capitol on Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Biden aims for unifying speech at daunting moment for U.S.

President Donald Trump won’t be there to hear it

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on December 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
No place for ‘far right’ in Conservative Party, Erin O’Toole says

O’Toole condemned the Capitol attack as ‘horrifying’ and sought to distance himself and the Tories from Trumpism

Most Read