Facebook and Sisterly Relationships

My daughter Catherine signed up for a Facebook account yesterday. She was one of the last hold outs among her friends, and I’m glad she’s not so obsessed with spending time on the computer that she hasn’t felt the need until now. So what changed her mind? Not all of her friends, who have been trying to convince her for months. Not even her mom, who thought she would have fun with it. No, it was the looming departure of her sister for college. It seems she was swayed by her friend Franny, who said that she commnicates with her brother through Facebook since he left for college a year ago.

Since Catherine first learned to crawl and began taking toys away from Madeleine all those years ago they’ve had plenty of ups and downs as sisters. I think it’s rare to find siblings without conflict at all, and some siblings have to travel farther than others to become friends as adults. So I’m taking this as a sign of a step in the right direction.

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