I'm leery of Facebook. Wary. Distrustful, even.
There are security issues, privacy issues. Things are offered up to be Liked and Shared to provide condemnation of them but to put out the word that these things are happening. Knowledge is power and we must know about these matters before we can use any power to change them.
But Facebook does offer advantages. My nephew lives in western Pennsylvania. His girlfriend had her second child with him this week. Unaware she was pregnant, not unusual, as many people don't mention such matters until forced, I became aware of her condition when he posted photographs at the conclusion of the child's premature birth. Born a few days ago and unnamed, the little girl is now 26 weeks old. She was one pound and ten ounces at her birth.
I'm following the saga on Facebook. They offer updates and new pictures. She's breathing on her own. She's drinking milk. Her goal today is one ml.
One ml. Such a tiny child, one whose saga would have shared with me via letters, phone calls and emails in previous eras.
Now it comes to me via Facebook, with photographs, comments, Likes and Shares. And for this week and this episode of our lives, shared from across the country, I'm grateful for Facebook.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com