Married in Fifth Grade…

I was posting a blip…regarding my friend…Kymber Lee’s…book…Lord Tristan’s True Love…on Facebook this morning…that went…like this…

Did you know that the society of Regency England forced members of the town to marry should they been seen in public together? The unescorted young lady’s reputation would be quite ruined otherwise.

Well…you know…Bertha…got a hold of that notion…and…got me to thinking…who was the first boy…I was ever seen in public with…as a couple…

Hmmm…

Visions…of a fifth grade me…in a white dress with brown polka dots…sitting across the table…from…my…seventh grade crush…at…Walgreens’ soda fountain…comes to mind…I had walked there from…the…John Deere place…and…I have no idea how he got there…how…we arranged to meet…if we ever met again…or anything else…but…that moment…and…that dress…will always be part of my memory…

Oh…and…I’m not sure…Mama…knew about it…so…shhh…please…don’t tell…

Well…although…my crush of days gone by…is still a good friend…I’m grateful that…we were allowed to meet in public…and that…we weren’t forced to marry…at that tender age…leaving us both…to find…true love…on our own terms…

But…now…I’m curious…about…Lord Tristan…

Hmmm…time to fire up the Kindle…

Jane

Did I Miss Something…

I recently read an article…by my friend…Christy Birmingham…and realized that…I have a disorder…well…honestly…I’ve had it for years…I just didn’t know it had a name…

Fear of Missing Out…FOMO…

The premise of this disorder…is someone who is constantly…using their mobile devices…to check in with social media…and their email…to be sure that they aren’t missing anything that’s going on in their world…well…except…maybe…
for the conversation at the table where they are having dinner…that is…unless…their companions are also checking-in…and then…there’s no conversation to miss…

So…this is a high-tech disorder…hmmm…maybe not…I can remember…sitting by my princess phone…yes…the one with the cord…connected to the wall…just waiting for it to ring…there were no answering machines…you couldn’t leave the house…it might be…him…or…it might be…her…with information about…him…

Usually…it was…her…for some reason…we did the indirect route back then…it wasn’t okay to call the guy you were interested in…but…you could call the guy that your best friend was crushing over…and…so…that was the social media of the day…

I suppose…now…your BFF…would post on the crush’s Facebook page…or…maybe…send him a private message…or…a chat…but…probably just a text…then…text you back…possibly forwarding you the text…or a picture…or something…regardless…there’d be…a whole lot of texting going on…

So…I’m thinking…maybe FOMO…isn’t a…new-fangled…high-tech…disorder…maybe…it’s been around…as long as there have been…boys…and…girls…and BFFs…and…I have a feeling…it’s here to stay…

Jane