How Social Media Makes Saying Goodbye a Little Easier

As I’ve moved around quite a bit in the past few years, moving from Virginia to Oklahoma to California to Illinois to finally Rhode Island, I’ve had to say goodbye many times to good friends.  Unfortunately, it never seems to get any easier.  This time I happen not to be the one moving, but our good friend and owner of amomknowsbest.com, Allison Alexander, is the one moving.  It’s very sad to see a friend moving away, but at least as technology has progressed over the past few years it is easier to keep in touch.  I would always say, “Let’s keep in touch!  We’ll write each other and call,” but everyone knows that is easier said than done (unfortunately).  Moms are busy, both working and raising kids, and day to day life in the new place becomes all consuming.  You make new friends, you move on, but you do always hold in your heart the friends you had in other places.  Now technology is giving us the chance to keep up with friends easier!

(Part of the AMKB Contributor Crew with Allison, Owner of AMKB)

The greatest thing now is the expansion of social media.  I created a Facebook profile in 2006, and have connected with many friends and family through that outlet ever since.  It’s such an easy way to keep in touch and see what friends are doing.  I have been able to connect (and even reconnect) with friends from all the States I’ve lived in.  It makes it so you can actually say, “Let’s keep in touch!” and truly mean it.  Our group at amomknowsbest.com will use social media (Facebook and Twitter) and other technology available to keep in touch with Allison on a very frequent basis.  I’m sure we will be Skyping her in at meetings!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Friends I keep in touch with from Illinois through Facebook!)

Technology is always advancing and bringing us new great ways to communicate.  My parents, even in their 60’s and 70’s, are using tools to commute with us!  We just spoke to them from their Alaskan Cruise, via my father’s iPad 2 to my MacBook Pro, using Facetime (the Mac version of Skype).  It’s just really amazing how much technology has advanced even in the past 10 years.  One of our AMKB contributors, Joanna Stepka, was able to view her child’s crib on her phone from the restaurant we were eating (see her article).  Now that’s some great technology!   I guess we’ll see what they think of next!

(Skyping with my kids while my parents were babysitting them)

 

Allison Alexander, we will miss you here in Rhode Island, but we know you will be just a mouse-click or Skype call away!

*  How do you use technology to keep in touch with friends?

 

 

Kristin Wheeler

Waterfire Providence: A sight to see, hear, and smell……

If you live in Rhode Island or if you are just visiting, then Waterfire Providence is an event you won’t want to miss.  It’s easy to live in a place and not do all the wonderful things around you because “it’s just there and you can do it anytime.”  I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and did not even see the changing of the guard in Arlington Cemetery until I had moved to Oklahoma (and was back visiting family in D.C.).  You definitely seem to do more when you are a sightseer instead of a resident; sad I know.

I am glad I visited the Waterfire Providence last night (I had my mom in town wanting to do something).  I’ve lived in Rhode Island for three years and this was my first time seeing it.  It was a partial lighting and it was a cool,rainy, and very foggy night, so it kept a few people away from the event I’m sure (but not us!).  I think it was actually nice going to see it without a big crowd.  The waterfire event did live up to my expectations.  I had heard it’s an event for all your senses, and it truly was.  You could see the  beautiful water lit up with fire, hear the wonderful crackling of the burning wood and gorgeous music being played, and you could smell the wood burning just as it smells walking around the streets of Williamsburg, VA on a cool fall/winter evening.


Come visit this wonderful event; residents and visitors alike!  There is also food/drink, entertainment, art displays, etc.  Last night we saw fire shows on the boats, and human statues posing (just like you would see walking the streets of many European cities).  I’m sure a full lighting event would  have even more to offer than I saw last night at the partial lighting.  I will definitely be back for another lighting.  Check out the Waterfire Providence 2011 Lighting Schedule and come on out for a night of fun and culture.  It would be a nice family event if you don’t mind having the kids out a little late, or you can just make it a date night with your significant other.  I’ll probably see you there!

* Have you been to Waterfire Providence?  If so, what were your impressions of the event?  Are you hoping to make a trip to see it if you haven’t been?

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