There are many ways to stay connected with others through the years, in order to not only keep the memories alive, but make new ones for those yet to be born.
This was my family picture in 2005, when Barry and I were married. My dad, on the far left, passed away in 2008, and my mom, to Dad’s left, died in 2011. My husband died in 2013, and to his left is his mom who died in 2008. The couple on the right – Tom and Rose Corbran (Barry’s dad and stepmom) are still with us.
Ten years later, we added 9 new members, plus 7 extras (2 foster kids and 5 kids belonging to a boyfriend of my daughter).
How to stay connected?
There are several ways to stay connected with others, with the help of Social Media, too:
Meeting face to face, to give a hug, or even a kiss, is the best way to maintain your relationship with others. The more often you meet, the stronger the connection.
Another way is through Skype – that is, a video conference which allows you to see the other person via the computer. Of course, there can be no hugging or kissing; but you can talk, laugh, smile, snort, giggle and cry.
Most people have a cell phone (if not, a land line). Listening to a familiar voice on the receiving end can brighten someone’s day, give them something to look forward to, and provide some smiles and laughter, which is always good medicine.
If you know how to turn on your computer and access your email account, you can get started right away. Make sure you have your contacts updated, too. Use email to write letters to your relatives and friends, or send photos to show how much everyone has grown.
I love FB for staying connected with my children. And now, my grandkids are starting to be old enough to use it. Not only can you add photos, but videos as well. And we all know that nothing is official until we’ve seen it on Facebook.
This is mostly for photos, though you can add captions or comments to share with others. Make sure you’re following those you want to stay connected with – and check it daily, or at least twice a week.
Twitter is mostly for writing words – 140 characters (letters and spaces) to your family and friends. You can add links to a website or to photos to share.
Why should you stay connected?
As obvious as this should be – staying connected not only strengthens your relationship with one another, but also allows everyone to be available to help when needed. Such as, to start a prayer chain, drive someone to the doctors, pick up some bread and milk at the corner store, mow a lawn, etc.
Perhaps you know another way to stay connected to your family and friends. Please leave your favorite way in the comments below.