The internet has become our "neighborhood". Blogs, photo-sharing sites, emails are what keep us together in this age of transient living .
Growing up in the late 50's / early 60's I had aunts and uncles and cousins living within the same block or just within miles of each other. Drop-ins happened all the time. Connections with each other were on a daily basis. Face to face connections with our family and friends were commonplace.
Not having that in today's world, I am so thankful for the www and the avenues available to us to continue our connections. I can receive a picture of Hope from halfway around the world within seconds, sharing in her daily life. I see pictures of my good friends, their children and grandchildren (actually their children are my good friends also :) so that I can tabs on what is going on in their world. Just a short sentence, or even a fragment, can be sent instantaneously to family and friends on a whim just to keep in touch. My sister uses icons quite effectively in her communications....they always make me lol because I can visualize her facial expressions being duplicated through these icons (i.e. the one pulling out its hair!)
So instead of walking around the neighborhood and having a face-t0-face as in the days of old, these blogs and my fotopics are my "drop-ins". I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy receiving them.