Well, I was right when in my last entry I predicted that Tenkiller Lake wouldn’t look anything like it did last January, but I didn’t reach far enough. Not by a long shot. I wasn’t prepared for the verdant, mossy, red-earthed beauty I found when we got there. We could see only small glimpses of the lake through the trees, though, which really wasn’t a hardship in the least. Built on a slope leading to the lake, the house is a split level that makes you feel like you’re in a tree house.
Of course, nearly constant rain since March has done a lot to make the surrounding woods a magical faeryland. We were housebound all Friday night and Saturday morning (I think. The days tend to flow together out there) as a torrential downpour went on and on and on and on. And on. No one minded though, because we had the big river rock fireplace, CDs, DVDs, guitars, and each other for entertainment. No internet, no cable TV, precious little cell phone. Enough for emergency purposes.
When I got up this morning, turned on my laptop and connected to the internet for the first time in five days, I realized how little I really missed about it. First, I got hit up with a mess of email spam, then I was criticized by someone I hardly know (but call a friend???) in Facebook for a humorous article I posted. My reaction was, “Hey, I don’t need this crap, and I don’t give a rat’s ass if what I posted offended your tiny wittle feewings. It’s called a sense of humor.” Without a moment’s hesitation I unfriended and blocked her. I probably wouldn’t have done if it was the first time she’s done this, but the truth is, she does it all the time. In fact, she never reacts positively to anything I post. I don’t need that.
Now, I’m fully aware that I’ve made some real friends online, although we’ve never met, but I’ve decided to go in and clear my “Friends” list of everyone who either never responds to anything, always responds negatively, or who are just basically humorless loads. I’m no longer suffering fools. I’ve finally come to realize how much I don’t need social media and of how much of my precious time it steals from what’s left of my life. That’s changing. It has already changed.
By George, I think I’ve got it. Shut up. It just takes longer for some people.