#2,232 Brand New.
by Erin Napier
So I’ve had facebook since I started at Ole Miss in 2005 and it’s been an album collecting our lives since then. I’m sure plenty of people can relate to me when I say it’s been like the scrapbook of our lives for so many years it sometimes feels like you can’t really function without it these days. Since the show aired a little over a week ago, I’ve had the sudden shock of so many strangers requesting my ‘friendship’ there, and of people from my friends list that I’ve not communicated with in years and barely knew even then, that it suddenly felt like I didn’t recognize the neighborhood I’ve been in all these years and honestly, it made feel a little naked. This morning I woke up and realized it doesn’t have to be that way. I deleted my 11-year old account that belonged to a girl in her 20s and traded it in for a new account designed for a woman in her 30s who only wants to broadcast certain parts of our lives to the people very near and very dear. So now, I have a private account with only a handful of family and friends, and I’m not able to keep up with the friend requests I’m receiving so I’m choosing not to even look, which is a little odd feeling. I’ve been praying for God to put a hedge of protection around my heart and mind in the middle of so much upheaval, and this simple, insignificant change gave me a warm and cozy feeling today. I am telling you this because I don’t want anyone who may be reading here, whom I’ve been connected to there, to feel like I’ve cut you off. If you think of me as a friend, chances are, we really are friends. If I see some of you old high school friends in line at Lee’s one day, I’ll be excited to hug your neck and even more excited to ask about your life because I won’t have already seen it on the internet. I’m just craving a little more privacy in my life and this was just the ticket. And today, I’ve got a new lease on internet life. You should try it, friends. It’s liberating.
I want to send a huge “thank you” and a hug to the sweet Crenshaw family who sent us these delicious Mississippi-made goodies today. I nearly ate the entire bag of cheese crisps. Oops.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!