The beauty of being connected with family via Facebook is the sharing. First, you might not know this, so sit down, but not everything is shared.
I can't really tell how things are going in their worlds. There are likes and shares, new mobile photos added of events, restaurants and activities.
So it is I know when my 'little' sister's children are ill and what they're doing. I like learning what they're doing but the sick part...that's more painful. I feel for my sister as much as for her little guys as they go through a virus that causes a week of vomiting and rashing. All I can do is write comments, send her an email, call her. Calling her isn't much fun because as a mother of two, there's little time scheduled for accepting a phone call from big bro. So I read the FB updates and worry with her and about her from afar.
But then there is the good news. My nephew had a baby! I'm a three-peat Great Uncle. Three of my sisters are Grandmothers and Mom has added to her Great Grandmother tally. And thanks to the phones and FB, there are photos of new Mom, new Dad, newborn, and new grandparents.
So the cycle continues, documented on FB.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com