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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Social Media (12/01/11)

TITLE: A Facebook Christmas
By Leola Ogle


December 1

Jill Update Status: Hello to my facebook family and friends! And, yes, my last name has changed! I did it! Brad and I got married Friday after Thanksgiving. He’s the guy I met through the online dating service! Can’t wait to celebrate our first Christmas together.

Comment-Marge: omg! I didn’t even know you met someone. Congrats, I guess!

Comment-Judy: What???!!! Can’t believe it! What do your kids think?

Comment-Jill: @Marge-well, it was kinda sudden, but we’re soooo happy! @Judy-My kids are fine. You know teenagers! They’re a little grumpy!

Comment-Hailey: Uh…no, mom, we’re NOT okay! You hardly know the guy!

December 7

Jill Update Status: Shopping, shopping, shopping! I love Christmas! I got Hailey that phone she wants and Jeremy a new laptop! Still not sure what to get Brad.

Comment-Sylvia: Is your new hubby rich? Those are nice gifts! What’s he do for a living?

Comment-Hailey: Geez, mom! Like, you know, I read your fb! I mean…thanks, but was this supposed to be a surprise? Oh…btw, get Brad a muzzle! I could hear you two fighting last night, you know.

Comment-Marge: You two are fighting already?

Comment-Jill: @Sylvia-he’s not rich! He’s an accountant! @Marge-no, we’re not fighting! He’s just very conservative with money, and I’m not. @Hailey-why are you reading my posts?

Comment-Hailey: Duh! So unfriend me.

December 14

Jill Update Status: Not feeling too well! I ate a whole 5 lb box of chocolates. And Christmas! Bah humbug!!

Comment-Iris: What’s wrong, dear friend?

Comment-Marge: 5 lbs?! Share some chocolates, dearie! Or should I call you Scrooge? lol

Comment-Judy: Ah, honey! Feeling depressed?

Comment-Ellen: You may be almost 40, but I’m still your mother! 5 lbs of chocolates? Do I need to spank you?

Comment-Jill: *sniffle* Teenagers! New husband! Of course I’m depressed! @Mom! I don’t need a spanking! I need a hug!

Comment-Hailey: Mother! Must you put everything on fb?

December 15

Jill Update Status: Whew! I feel better! I went shopping, got myself some new clothes, treated myself to a pedicure and a facial! I look fabulous! Can’t wait for Brad to see the new me! Gonna take the family out to dinner at a nice restaurant! “Deck the halls….fah-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la”

Comment-Jeremy: Mom, I need $40 to buy my girlfriend a Christmas present.

Comment-Marge: More shopping? I thought you said Brad was conservative with money.

Comment-Hailey: If Jeremy gets $40, so do I.

Comment-Jill: Ugh!!!!!! :(

December 16

Jill Update Status: I can’t believe that Brad was in such a bad mood last night. He didn’t want to go to a nice restaurant. In fact, he stomped out of the house! Thank goodness carolers came by or I would’ve dissolved in tears!

Comment-Judy: Jill, you need to go to church with me Sunday. Remember Jesus is the reason for the season!

Comment-Ellen: Judy is right, Jill. Let God help all of you. You’re still coming over for Christmas dinner, right? I want to see my grandkids.

Comment-Hailey: Mom, I’m spending the night with Vanessa? I need to get out of this house.

Comment-Jill: This Christmas feels like a disaster! I want to crawl under the covers and stay there.

December 17

Jill Update Status: My kids are grounded forever. Hailey did NOT have permission to stay out all night. Jeremy got into a shouting match with Brad. I’m taking all their gifts back.

Comment-Iris: It’s tough being a parent sometimes. Love you!

Comment-Hailey: MOM!!! Quit putting our personal life on fb! Besides, I told you I was staying at Vanessa’s. Grrr!

Comment-Ellen: Oh, dear me! Should I come over?

December 18

Jill Update Status: We all went to church today. It felt good. Thanks Judy for inviting us. “Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn king…”

Comment-Brad: I think we need help, Jill. Church is a good place to start. I do love you.

Comment-Ellen: :-)

Comment-Hailey: I love you, mom.

December 20

Jill Update Status: Brad and I have had such wonderful talks, and we even met with the pastor. Okay, Hailey, I know you don’t want me to put our business on fb.

Comment-Iris: Merry Christmas, dear friend!

Comment-Judy: Praying for you all. Love you!

Comment-Hailey: Do I still get my phone, mom? Please, please! I’ll bake some of those Christmas cookies you love.

December 25

Jill Update Status: Merry Christmas to all my family and friends on facebook.

***As a faithful facebooker, airing personal business is very common!

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C D Swanson 12/15/11
This was a cute story-showing what a typical facebook page looks like. (I don't have one but I have seen my friends - LOL)

Nice job - I enjoyed it. Thank you. God Bless~
Linda Goergen12/15/11
You did an excellent job of capturing the feel of real drama some people put out there on FB everyday! Some of the personal stuff people post there never ceases to amaze me! I like how your drama culminated in a spiritual, loving way…if only all FB drama would go that way! Terrific dramatization!
Cheryl von Drehle12/18/11
Ienjoyed this repartee'...captured family drama as well as the good bad and ugly of facebook. This was a much more enjoyable read than most fb threads. You were able to capture strong pathos and complex relationships in such few words. Excellent job!
C D Swanson 12/29/11
Nice job! Congrats on your HR standing. God Bless~