I’ll have to make this a relatively short post today, because there’s a lot on my plate. There’s all the moving stuff of course, and at WMFE, we’re doing another one of those ever-popular membership drives. But at 9 this morning, I’ll be attending a very important event: Breakfast with the Mother Hens. And there’s no way I’m going to miss it.
Back in the horrible months of last summer, after being laid off and meeting up with other more personal disasters, the support of friends through Facebook pretty much kept me going. I was all over the map: some time in Pennsylvania, some in North Carolina, some in Florida… and my laptop kept me in touch.
There were three women — Linda, Tonya, and Bonnie Jo — with whom I attended Winter Park High School, back in the very early ’70s. Each of them was a Facebook friend, although I hadn’t seen any of them in person for many years. And somehow, they sort of formed a protective circle around me — all on-line — and if I didn’t post something almost daily, they’d email, or check in to see how I was doing. The three were not, that I remember, best friends in school, although they knew each other. But they were full of good, solid and loving advice… and their care and concern helped me through those dark awful months more than you can imagine. And one of them one day called the three of them my Mother Hens. The name seemed appropriate, and it stuck.
Two of the Mother Hens still live in Central Florida, and one lives in North Carolina. And since she’s visiting the area, and I’m moving in a couple of weeks, we thought this would be the once chance we’ll have to all meet in person. So it’s breakfast this morning. I’m looking forward to seeing them, and thanking them in person.
- There are so many ingenious uses of the Web. Here’s a site where people can post any service they’ll perform for five dollars.
- Please Fire Me. Anonymous notes from people who explain why they hate the jobs they cannot leave.
- Hmmm… new evidence that maybe the world won’t end in 2012.
- Women, know your limits! A satirical “education” film from… uh… somewhere:
…and have a wonderful weekend. –Steve