Part of my ideas for navigating the empty nest years and beyond is to remain relevant and authentic. I don’t want to lose touch with my kids even though they have grown up and left the nest.
Most of our communication as you can imagine is by text—-although I am loving FaceTime and make sure I always have my lipstick on in case they “face” me.
Learning the new text lingo and all the new technology platforms is hard! The fact that I know the term “technology platforms” is a big advancement for me!
So because I know that practice makes perfect–I thought if I really want to get good at this I need to use it. And I used my two daughters as my guinea pigs—-I mean—-teachers. Here is how it went:
Me: How are you doing?
Daughter: Good mom.
Daughter: What’s funny?
Me: What? I can’t say LOL by itself?
Daughter: No mom. LOL! Comes after something is funny. It is a response.
Me: OK. Well were good. How’s School? OBTW–I got new curtains for the family room.
Daughter: School’s fine. It’s not Oh, by the way mom, it’s just BTW.
Daughter: Better mom, but not really. Talk later.
Me: How are you doing?
Daughter: Good mom, what’s up?
Me: Nothing is up. Just thought I’d text.
Text silence (is that a thing?)
Me: I heard a good joke the other day and I was LMFAO!
Daughter: You know that has a bad words in it right?
Me: NO! Which letter?
Daughter: The F and the A.
Me: Oh. Not like LOL!?
Me: OK. So OT I got some new curtains for the family room—they look RG.
Daughter: What’s RG mom?
Me: Really Good!
Daughter: No, Mom, not a thing….BRB.
Me: Bad Really Bad?
Text Silence–10 min later
Daughter: Sorry mom I meant Be Right Back.
Me: Oh. You busy? We can TML…
Daughter: TML? Mom what are you doing?
Me: Text More Later? I’m making dinner.
Daughter: No, I mean what are you doing with all the letters…
Me: I just thought I would practice the text lingo, I guess I’m not very good at it yet.
Me: What does DUH stand for?
Daughter: Just Duh mom. Talk later.
And so with two utter fails under my belt—I sigh and continue to reinvent myself and navigate through this crazy new language in the texting world.
Communication is changing so fast and more words are being added to the dictionary every year than ever before and online you can even access an urban dictionary! (A city dictionary–I wonder what they use in the country? A rural dictionary?)
Just keeping up and keeping relevant is going to be a tough road. I’m doing well on the authentic part though—-I’m authentically confused and starting to feel my age!
Luckily, I don’t think I’ll lose touch with my kids because they are so good about correcting—-I mean teaching—-me the new ways to communicate when I get things wrong.
But I do think I have entered that time zone in which people of a certain age—-me—-have fallen into the generation gap and we are viewed as OMG—-old!
In order to feel better of course, I called my mom. I told her about my practicing the new text lingo with the girls and my failure.
“Mom” I said, “I think I’m starting to get old!”
There was silence for a moment and then she said: “DUH!”
How are you coping with the changing language, texting, messaging and emailing skills needed in this 21st century world?
Drop me a comment and let me know!