Please keep me safe

Dear Facebook,

I’ve heard quite a few people say that Facebook kept them sane during the global pandemic. They can see pictures of their children and grandchildren, they can communicate with their friends, and they can show off their new cooking and baking skills. For me, you can replace the n in sane with an f. Facebook, you have helped me stay safe during the pandemic. Let me explain.

The other day I got a text from a friend asking if I wanted a cup of coffee. I replied by explaining to him that I had not had any socialization or going to cafes during the Covid. The friend, who has been through health and other issues, explained to me how she would go for coffee with friends just to stay mentally healthy during such a difficult time. I felt bad and almost reconsidered. And then I saw his facebook posts from a very busy night at the casino. The crowded casino. Happy to have declined his offer. Thanks Facebook.

Last summer, I envisioned a masked, social-distancing visit with a friend who I knew lived alone. But then I saw pictures of her with her children and grandchildren. The same kids and grandchildren who posted pictures from their summer vacation with several of their friends and a whole bunch of kids. Thanks Facebook.

I have a friend who swears that she always follows social distancing and always wears a mask. And she thinks we should get together soon. But I saw some pictures of her listening to music. In public with other people. Thanks Facebook.

So if Facebook has kept you sane while you’re in pandemic mode, that’s good. And if it has kept you safe, like me, even better. Thanks Facebook.

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