🎉 Festive parties for work include ‘hellos’ and ‘nice to see you agains.’ They are a time for colleagues to reconnect socially and to introduce their spouses. For me, this happened last Friday night. We walked into the lovely (newly built) country club and smiled for the professional photographer. Ushered into the ballroom, we greeted the party planners and some colleagues of my HH. The beautiful spread of food included fresh shrimp, salmon, and ahi, then prime rib, veggies and desserts (in which I didn’t partake).
🎉 Whenever the sun’s out, I must be out. So Saturday morning my HH and I headed to Forest Park for a snack and a walk. A shared grilled burger at the Boathouse overlooking a lake began the fun. Then, a three-mile walk around the Park, stopping for photos, leaf kicking and observing others. The rain appeared and only changed our setting: we enjoyed some Lebanese yummies and another walk, this time around the Central West End. Who knew they give away kettle corn and tastes of Whiskey during the holiday season?
🎉 In a more personal setting, dinner with friends rounded out the weekend. Catching up, sharing stories, laughing and planning for more fun, topped off the weekend festivities.
Free fun is available for the inquisitive. Meals are a common way to reconnect. Happiness, friendships, and joy are gifts we give ourselves.
Final score: (my alma mater) Texas A&M University 74 v LSU 72. This turned out to be a history-making game, as it included seven overtime periods and five hours of play.
Family photos: I’ve seen my friends & family on social media swinging, cooking, laughing, eating, oogling over sports cars, doing yoga, getting married, getting engaged, touring new places, and enjoying their lovely living rooms.
I even watched a Ted-Ed video about nostalgia.
Final observations from me: I’m grateful we were with family. I’m thankful I met my Pinterest/Facebook friend Mary. I’m excited about our new Insta-pot (our gift to ourselves). I’m happy to be with my Mark, always and forever.
Four years ago, Thanksgiving, while scrolling Pinterest (an online bulletin board for hobbyists, style mavens, crafters, and wordsmiths), I repeatedly “liked” some pins a woman posted of words and their meanings. She “liked” my pins too, and so it began.
We sent messages back and forth thru Pinterest regarding words, places, flowers, then I found her on Facebook. The message to accompany the friend request declared that we have a lot in common, I’m not totally weird, I’d like to be friends. She accepted.
Since then, we’ve learned about family, friends, travels, foods, and adventures, all on the screen of Facebook.
Until last night…
On a road trip from her state to mine, she made a stop-over to meet me in person. She and her husband walked into our building, jubilance over jitters, and we embraced tightly.
We sat on the sofa, chatting, laughing, sharing stories for over two hours. The conversations continued over tacos, with plans to meet again.
I stand by my belief that social media is a tool. Used wisely, it can bring together people who began on the screens and ended up on the sofa and in our hearts.
Which do you prefer, texts or telephones? I love hearing the sound of voices. I love when my phone rings. I enjoy hearing updates, stories, news, and questions. Of course, I like texts too, when they are nice.
Another preference of mine is meals, merrymaking, and conversations. In person, memory-making fills my heart with joy. I love sharing a dinner then a card game with friends. Or, a “guess what I did this week” story over a glass of grape.
So, keep those cards and letters and texts and calls coming. This upcoming holiday season, call someone you haven’t spoken with in a while. Send a lovely, cheery card. Make that call. That’ll surely make someone’s day.
Many people enjoy the benefits and features of social media. I am one of those people. I connect with far away family and friends from different times in my life. A big joy is having phone conversations with them, reading long hand-written letters, or, meeting in person*.
Whether meeting new friends on the world-wide-web or at a party, using words, hugs, events, and love enrich our lives. Words matter. YOU matter. I matter.