Musings: Facebook Smiles

Today’s topic is: “What made you smile this week?”

I know that Facebook gets a lot of criticism for being an enormous waste of time and how it is replacing the critical face-to-face relationships of yesteryear. While that’s true, Facebook also allows us to keep in touch with people who live on the other side of the country (or world). It gives us a way to stay updated on the important life events that we might not otherwise hear about. And it allows us to share in the happiness of our former real-life friends.

I have three Facebook friends who, like me, are all turning 40 this year. Even though our journeys have taken the same amount of time, we have all had very different paths.

Reasons to Smile

As you know, I was in my mid-30s, working in the corporate world, when I decided that I wanted to raise a family in the country. So I met my husband, moved to Minnesota, and our daughters arrived soon thereafter. Now, I spend my days at home raising a 3-year-old, a 2-year-old, and 14 chickens, all of whom give me daily reasons to smile.

My friend Melanie works at our local public library. On Facebook yesterday, she posted a vintage photo of herself smiling while holding her then-infant daughter. The caption read “this one graduates [from high school] tomorrow”.

I have a high-school friend that I haven’t seen in 25 years. He is a big-shot movie producer in Hollywood. Two weeks ago, he and his beautiful wife welcomed their first child. Yesterday, he shared the first photos of their new family on Facebook, all looking blissful. (I remember those early days, full of wonder and amazement, before the severe sleep deprivation sinks in.)

I have another friend from high school who lives in Philadelphia (last I heard). Even though we were close back then, we haven’t stayed in contact, but occasionally I get a glimpse of her in my Newsfeed. Yesterday, she posted 32 photos under the album name “My first bikini bodybuilding competition, May 7, 2016.” And there she was, looking healthier and more confident than women half her age, sporting a tiny green bikini and a huge smile.

Even though we have taken very different roads over the last 40 years, we have all ended up in the same state: HAPPY.

And I want to thank Facebook for allowing them to share their smiles with me!


What made you smile this week? Share in the comments so I can smile with you.

~ Phoebe DeCook

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