I find it a strange that many of us make friends first on social media even before we actually get to meet those whom we have befriended in person.
I didn't realize that Betsy, a Facebook friend, was present at a party I went to last weekend. I didn't recognize her. I didn't speak to her. I guess the hostess presumed that friend and I actually knew each other. And maybe we had met before. I just didn't remember. Besides, I tend to be shy.
It only dawned on me that Betsy was in the party after I saw her change her Facebook profile photo yesterday. I recognized her.
Feeling bad that at the party I had ignored my friend, I bravely messaged her privately. I stuck my hand out. It was easier taking a risk on social media anyway than in a person-to-person, eyeball-to-eyeball situation.
All that time, I was mindful of what Aylyarys, another Facebook friend, had once said: "Connect and not collect."
I had fun initiating a conversation. I was in a playful mood and apparently so, it seemed, was Betsy. We were both willing to be silly.
Here was how our dialogue started:
Ariel: Hello Betsy. You wee at Jeanne's last Sunday, right? Oh I meant "were" and not wee. lol!
Betsy: Yes wee was. lol!
Ariel: Wish I had talked with you. Didn't know you wee da one. I'm sowee. lol!
Betsy: Wee will know next time.
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- By ARIEL MURPHY