In my job at the post office I am behind the scenes and it suits me just fine. Retail, customer service, connecting with the people is fine but I burn out so fast and it takes me longer and longer to bounce back, so I love the fact that my job allows me to prowl around in the back of the building, sneaking junk mail into your post office box and never really coming face to face with you.
Perhaps that is part of the charm of Facebook. I can connect--- at leisure-- with all my family and friends and when I have had enough, I just close the lid on my laptop and take a break. Facebook has allowed me to cultivate friendships with a few folks I've never met, which sounds kinda scary but bloggers do it all the time!
I have been a part of an online photo sharing group on Facebook for some time now. Each month a list is posted with an assigned prompt for each day. We photograph it and then share it in the facebook group. It's fun, it's challenging and we learn from each others photos. The rules are simple: one photo a day, taken by you, to be posted under the prompt of the day. There are over 100 members in this group now but not everyone contributes every day. I'd say there's a strong handful of daily regular contributors, folks who are crazy about photography like me!
|this was our March Photo Challenge list|
I love seeing what each person finds for that day's prompt. I love learning about the people in the group as they reveal bits and pieces of themselves through the photos they take and share. And lastly, I like that because of the photo group, some new friendships have been forged.
I discovered not long after a friend of a friend joined the group, that we were practically neighbors. She lives just up the mountain in a gated community. We became facebook friends outside of the group and started messaging each other and said someday we hoped we'd meet. She's a snowbird so I knew it wouldn't take place in the winter months but spring is here and the snowbird is back in her mountain top home.
|little storage building hubby built this past week.|
Without too much trouble, I did locate Judy's home, recognizing it from all her pictures, of course. What a fun surprise to knock on her door and watch her face when she opened it and found me standing there. I was a little nervous, wondering if she'd mind this unplanned surprise but she was truly delighted. And so was I!
|I was looking for the treehouse and I spotted it!|
We fell into fast and furious conversation despite never having met before. I met her husband and then Judy led me outside to see her treasured treehouse.
|Judy posing at the steps of the treehouse.|
This is amazing!!! If I had this in my backyard it is where I would spend all my afternoons, writing or reading!
With my sister coming in just a couple of weeks, and she being in the same photo challenge group, and having made friends with other members as well, including Judy, we have now planned a get together at Judy's home. So excited!!
|inside the treehouse, photo by Judy|
Yes, I'm sure I'll come home ready to flop on the couch with a giant DO NOT DISTURB sign but it will still be an awesome gathering. And my sister is of the introverted nature herself so I will share my sign with her and we'll veg together.
Yesterdays brave venture was well worth it. What is done in the name of friendship always is.
|me, with my new friend!|