I delete facebook friends like it’s my job, in fact it might as well count as one of my hobbies. recently, though, I’ve had to reevaluate whether this is really a good idea.
when I was 17, I spent 5 months in Austria, taking classes and learning German. there were a bunch of us (foreign exchange students) and each of us eventually went back to our home countries with a common experience and usually some 10 kilos of beer weight. some time later, I still keep in touch with some of those people, but many of them have fallen through the cracks. I hate to admit it, but I definitely deleted some of them from my facebook friends.
I’ve kept in touch with a friend from outside of Córdoba, Argentina pretty consistently and when I knew I’d be in Buenos Aires, it was exciting and crazy to think that we would be able to meet up again – 5 years later – and this time speak Spanish!
and so the magic happened. I made it to her house alive, we hung out and talked about the old and the new, went to a festival in the city and overall had a great and wonderful reunion. it wasn’t just like old times, because those times are so old they can only be remembered in shreds. I was really lucky to be able to spend some time with her again. it’s interesting to compare our interests and passions now to the things we were doing, back then.
on my way out of the city, I thought of all the people I’d met that semester and where they were now. the answer? everywhere. this is true of all of my friends from high school and even people I’ve met in passing. people are everywhere. facebook keeps them all together.
and so I realized that maybe I shouldn’t be deleting all my facebook friends… just yet. because you absolutely never know.
(dang it, that girl scout song wasn’t just a bunch of cheesy crap!)