It's actually hard to imagine a Facebook-less, social media-less world these days. Goodness gracious, it's hard to imagine any kind of life without the Internet. (I just re-read that last sentence. Yikes! I can't believe those words are coming from a lady who likes to convince herself that she was born about 100 years too late, and fancies herself just the type of old-fashioned gal who would feel right at home in Jane Austen's world.)
My husband and I just went on-line this morning to order handcrafted, one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts for our sons that we never would have been able to find without the world wide web. You could trek all over kingdom come (and you'd probably come home empty-handed) if you physically went in search of what we found by merely typing in a few key words, which led us to the wonderful world of Etsy and a host of other obscure sellers that offer the most interesting and unique gift items. Shopping will never be the same.
And then there's the way the Internet has changed forever the way folks do big parties and weddings. It offers an inexhaustible wealth of ideas for making any event that much more special and memorable. When our boys were growing up, we might have a "theme" for their birthday parties (which was pretty much always either dinosaurs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or sports), so we'd get the paper goods and goody bags to fit the chosen theme and I'd decorate the cake accordingly. We'd have pizza and play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, eat cake and ice cream, and that would be about it. If we weren't doing an at-home party, we might take the pack of little boys to Chuck 'E Cheese for a treat. When I see the kinds of birthday parties parents are throwing for their kids these days, through the blogs I read, I'm in utter awe of the creativity and work that is being put into them. They make the parties we threw seem a little lame in comparison. But it's so easy these days to find interesting ideas out there on the net, and then to incorporate them into your own parties.
Last night, just for the heck of it, I was sitting at my laptop and I typed in "Rehearsal Dinner ideas." (My middle son is getting married on December 7, for those of you who are new here or who haven't visited this blog recently.) Even though I've already got the decorations, centerpieces, and favors I worked on boxed up and ready to pack in the car for the trip down to VA (in less than 3 weeks!), I was curious to see all the great ideas I might have missed out on and would probably kick myself for not thinking of doing. (Why do I torture myself?) My search took me to a whole bunch of Pinterest "pins," and sure enough, I saw so many cool ideas, I could never use them all in one lifetime (unless I decided to become a professional event planner). It's incredible how many beautiful and creative ways you can make a rehearsal dinner or a wedding that much more amazing.
When my peers (who are now called "grandmas") and I were getting married back in
Okay, this post has rambled on for awhile now, and what was my point? That the birthday parties we hosted for our sons weren't quite up to today's Pinterest standards? That modern photographers do a better job than the ones we old dinosaurs had for our weddings? Hmmm...
Oh, that's right: my point was that the Internet is awesome! And I'm sure our boy's upcoming wedding, which is being planned by a super-enthusiastic and super-creative duo (his future wife and his future mother-in-law) is going to be awesome, too. And speaking of dinosaurs, I really hope the dinosaur-crazy groom and his lovely bride will have their digital-age photographer create a Photoshop masterpiece like this one (which you've probably seen already in your cyberspace travels, right?).