Old Friends and Acquaintances
I don't know how many of you use a computer or even use social media. Social media seems to be quite fashionable now and many older people are using it more and more. Politicians seem to do a fair bit of twittering away on twitter. Many also chatter away on Snapchat or send a instant message via lnstagram.
My favorite medium at the moment seems to be "Facebook" although my wfe calls it "Fakebook" because of all the people who may seek to become your facebook friends.
As we go through life we meet many people some of whom become lifetime friends whilst others come into our life for just a little while and disappear just as quickly as they appeared.
There is no doubt that the world is becoming a smaller place with the advent of communication and improved transportation. Naturally we all meet many people during the day or week. We meet tradespeople, shop assistants, work colleagues and so on. We all would have met or come across some time in our lives 1000's or perhaps l,OOO,OOO's of people.
Through my various interests which include photography, history, nostalgia, music and elections and voting etc plus my involvement with local media (radio and writing) I have come across many people in many walks of life, many of which have since become friends through Social Media. 1 was very reluctant to get involved with Social Media having heard of so many scams and other problems that some people have had. After a few years of avoidance I finally took my first step probably around five or six years ago and I get a great deal of satisfaction from it. But not only Social Media has led to discovery of old acquaintances (should they never be forgot).
Now what has brought about this topic of old friends is that recently as a result of my "Memories" articles in this magazine I received a email from someone who I have not seen or heard from for more than SO years. Now I will not mention the person's name as I would not like to embarrass them.
That person said that I had asked her out when I would have been in my teens but that she was to shy at the time to start any sort of relationship. I did in fact recall the person and I must admit that at the time I did think that she had a certain attraction about her. I did not remember asking her out though. Obviously we never did go out together, but I wonder what would have happened if we had. Would our lives have changed? Also due to my writing in this publication I was also contacted by another reader who asked if I was the same person who worked at Woolworths at Auburn in the very early 1960s. It seemed that he remembered me, as his mother was once my supervisor. I don't ever recall meeting the person personally but I certainly remembered his mother.
During the past year I have also been in contact with my old ballroom dancing teacher of more that 50 years ago who joined one of my many "Memories" groups on Facebook and yet another childhood friend in England from around 60 years ago who joined one of my very few British based groups on Facebook. Yet another person who I had once worked with at Woolworths at Auburn also contacted me.
I also caught up with former local identity John Ebbott at the Australia Day celebrations at Bella Vista who remarked, along with former owner, publisher and editor of this magazine Jennifer Touzel who both said that "lvor Jones you are famous on facebook" as my followers of the various "Memories" groups now run into the tens of thousands. Most of whom are history or nostalgia addicts.
I do have a number of "Fake" friends on Facebook. Many I have never met, spoken to or had any dealings with. Also some of my facebook friends especially in the entertainment industry have now passed on. But at the moment they still appear as friends on Facebook. Yes Social Media is becoming more dominant in our lives one way or another.
Don't forget to contribute your memories and also any old photographs that you would like to see published in this magazine's "as we were" section.
NOW WHAT ABOUT YOUR MEMORIES OR YOUR STORY.
You can write about childhood memories of where you may have grown up or moving into the area. Tell us about your school days. Where you worked, played or went on holidays; your first car; that first date, getting married or maybe the history of your family, group or organisation in the district. This page is about memories so tell us yours.
If you have some great memories, or perhaps you belong to a local community organisation and would like to share your organisation's history or story with us then feel free to share your memories or experiences by writing to 17 Rose St., Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 or email to ivorjones@hillstoHawkesbury.com.au. You can also share memories on any of my Facebook memories groups including Hills District Memories which you will find at https:// www.facebook.com/groups/Hills.memories/ or Hawkesbury Happenings & Memories which you will find at https://www. facebook.com/groups/Hawkesmemories/