40 Years Later
I’m not the first one to say that Facebook has drastically changed everyone’s lives; providing a cultural and societal melting pot that has transformed the world into the size of a small village. On Facebook, it doesn’t take much effort to find people from the past or to find people to add into your future.
I, like most of us, spend valuable time facebooking—time which I probably could use more productively… and while there are not fireworks with every reunion and some, in fact, are not welcomed, some certainly are. Like the outcome of this one:
It was over a year ago when a few people from my elementary school class in Israel decided to organize a reunion. Thanks to Facebook, they were able to make it happen. As soon as the group was created, it didn’t take long before the entire class started to follow. Along with this excitement, my thoughts drifted as I started thinking about the teachers from that time. Soon, I was back on Facebook, searching for my favorite teacher. It took a while, but I found her.
At the age of 80 she was no longer wearing mini skirts and tall, leather boots, yet she was still stylish and intriguing. There was no end to my excitement. I felt the need to reach out to her over and over again. Soon, we were messaging daily and talking over the phone regularly. I guess that still was not enough for either one of us, and we hoped we would be able to get together soon.
With the Atlantic between us, getting together is not easy, unless you are a super motivated, take-charge and spontaneous individual—like my elementary school teacher, who recently texted me, asking if I’ll meet her in New York.
To make a long story short...I’m now packing, getting ready to travel to Manhattan, to meet my teacher from 40 years ago.
Who would think that, forty years later, my elementary school teacher would become my dear friend.
More about this to follow…