The Crone is pleased and proud to note that her father, aged 82, now has his own Facebook page. This does not make him the world’s oldest social networker but must surely have him on the substitute benches. Naturally, being reserved and Presbyterian, he friends only family members — any blood relatives who seek to share a social networking moment should check him out here. The rest of you are welcome to try, but be warned, he’s hard to get to know. Certainly, it would be a mistake to attempt to poke him.
The Blarney Connection has always been clannish and, in the generation to which Crone Pere belongs, non-relatives who made it into the inner circle were quickly co-opted as grooms for Blarney Brides–two of the Crone’s Uncles started life as teenage friends of her father and were then Blarneyized, so they could be kept around on a permanent basis. This used to mystify the Crone and her cousin Sue (mid forties, not on Facebook–although the Crone has been friended by her teenage son) ” Why don’t you have any friends?” they’d ask their fathers, for as teenagers they were very disturbed to think they’d sprung from a socially reclusive line ” I have your dear uncle” the fathers would reply “But he’s family” the teenagers would wail ” so he doesn’t count”
50 years into the marriages and 6 decades into the friendships, the Crone may be forced to reassess her adolescent view and acknowledge that family members can make on to the BFF list. The Blarney diaspora is now spread far and wide. How many rellies will the Crone’s father have friended by the weekend, using Facebook to wish family a happy new year?