BooknCoffee left a comment after yesterday's entry asking what we talk about in our chat room. First of all, that chat room was closed some time ago. We do still chat in a private room, infrequently. But back in the days when our public chat was going strong, we had get-togethers in Dallas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee over the years, so lots of us met in person. And many of us still keep in touch.
That original chat room was unique: first of all, although it was an AOL chat room, you couldn't go there directly, the way you enter most chats. You had to go to a Christian web page and enter the chat from there, so the general public never found it. The last year or two, the website was sponsered by Christianity Today. But there was another one before that; it's been so long, I've forgotten!
Because the chat wasn't easily accessed, it wasn't as crowded as most. It was a small enough group that we gradually got to know one another and, for the most part, it was a friendly place. Toward the end some relationships turned sour, but I choose to remember all the good times, and the friends I made there... many of whom I still e-mail. There's still a "reunion" in Dallas each April, which I always tried to attend when I was working full-time.
What did we talk about? Well, what do you talk about with your friends and neighbors? Our grandchildren, our churches, our spouses (at least 75% of the people in the room were female). Although it was "50 plus", we had younger people. Tinker and Jim got together in the chat room, met face to face in Dallas, and are happily married. We've lost many of the original members to cancer: Zulma, WESTBILT, Goodolddys, Phil. I guess that goes with the territory of an over-50 group. Some of my dear friends lost spouses, and their heartbreak was so real and thick, you could cut it with a knife.
We had some side-splitting, roll-in-the-floor-laughing discussions in the chat room. Friends still kid me about the "nekkid chat" (no, it wasn't porn) and the brisket discussion. I swear, I was only trying to explain what part of a cow the brisket comes from... the hangy-down thing on their neck!
Just for a couple of hours, I'd love to go back to that chat room the way it was, before egos and hard feelings split it into factions (yes, my ego too). Before WESTBILT passed away; dear Lord, that man had a sense of humor! Back when Goodolddys sent out a chat room newsletter, with pictures and articles contributed by all the roomies.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. I'm so glad I was there to enjoy the season of the Christian Fifties Plus chat room. And I thank God for all the friends I still have as a result of that room.