|What Did We Know before Facebook? (standard:humor, 903 words)|
|Author: Godspenman||Added: Jan 26 2020||Views/Reads: 45/19||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Some secrets, like God’s love for me, should be spread far and wide and not kept a secret.|
To paraphrase one of my favorite humorist, Will Rogers, “All I know is what I read on Facebook.” I must admit that I also get information from Facebook. I can keep up with my family and friends, know what they are doing, and know what they are saying. The information there, whether true or not, is available to all who read. Quite honestly, I don't always believe what I read on Facebook. Just saying! As you grow and get older, you adjust to the changing environment that you are in along with the technology. I well remember the day I transitioned from a manual typewriter to a computer. My first computer had no hard drive, and many, perhaps cannot relate to that. However, I thought I was in writer's heaven. I never thought much about this until one day a young person asked me, “How did you know anything before Facebook?” There was a young man born after the invention of Facebook. At first, I did not quite understand what he was saying. I had grown accustomed to the developing modern-day technology. Not that I am an expert, I am just a user. Looking at this young person, I said very simply, "Before Facebook, we had grandmas." He did not understand, so I had to try to explain the Grandma-Factor. My grandmother was a very sweet and wonderful woman. I only knew her when she was older because after all, she was my grandmother. I remember all the wonderful dinners she cooked for us and especially the pies. However, there were some things about grandma I did not know until after she had passed. Unbeknownst to me, she was known in the entire community as the Queen of Gossipers. This really caught my attention. Everybody in the community knew my grandmother. More than that, my grandmother knew everybody in the community, especially their secrets. How she got to that place of being the Queen of Gossipers is something I have never put together. All I know is, she was. According to some conversations I had with her friends, my grandmother knew what was happening two days before it actually happened. For the life of me, I don't know what that means. Nothing happened in the community that escaped my grandmother's attention. Whether people needed my grandmother's permission to do something or not, I'm not quite sure. Whatever happened, she knew about it long before it happened. If you wanted a rumor started, just visit my grandmother and whisper a confidential secret to her. Usually, by the time they got home, that secret was all over the community. Often I have wondered if my grandmother knew that some people were using her. Then I wondered if some people knew how much she was using them. At times, this was a little touchy. If a couple was getting engaged, everybody knew about it before they actually were engaged. How she managed that I don't know. She read a person like Will Rogers read the newspaper. For her 90th birthday, some people in the community wanted to give her a surprise birthday party. They knew, however, it would be very difficult to surprise my grandmother. Several of them met at a restaurant in the next town to work out some details. They came up with many different scenarios, but none seemed workable. Click here to read the rest of this story (48 more lines)
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