Last night while on "Facebook," I noticed my daughter was also "on line." I decided to chat with her and was happy she responded. We must have "chatted" 15 or 20 minutes, and I learned that Marshall had come down with a cold; he was playing with his toys; and Heidi wasn't feeling too well either. We sent short little messages back and forth . A couple of times while waiting for her response, I began to wonder what it would be like if my mother were still alive (she died when I was 14 years old). Would she be a modern woman? Have a computer? Be on Facebook? Would she and I chat now and then? It's not too hard for me to imagine this since both of her sisters are computer literate, and both are on Facebook! Would she give me encouragement when I was tired or feeling down? Would she have a blog? My Aunt Liz has one!
I think I started thinking about this a couple of weeks ago while attending the birthday of my dear friend, Bonnie, and her mother, Lillian. Lillian is an amazing woman. She worked in retail nearly all of her adult life, retiring three years ago from Macy's, at age 87! That's right. She had careers of being the buyer for several departments at Power's and Dayton's. Her last 25 years were spent in the handbags department at the downtown store. Dayton's respected her so much, they told her, "We would love it if you would continue to work for us. Just pick the hours you would like to work." Lillian chose to work Friday's from 10 to 3. Customers knew her hours and would make a point to come in when they knew she would be there. Lillian just celebrated her 90th birthday - and that's exactly how old my mother would be if she were still living. Lillian swims every day. She still drives, attends Bible studies, and knows her way around a computer. It makes me wonder . . .