I need a new cell phone. One that has a querty keyboard. I will master texting, yes I will. I read yet another article today in the Globe and Mail about teens and their texting… “Your teen texts you constantly? Consider yourself lucky?” Read it at http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20090921/NEWS/909219990/-1/rss01
The article mentions a mom whose kids text her while standing right next to her! Forget tugging on my mom’s skirt while she was talking to friends, saying, “Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy?”, until she was suitably annoyed enough to provide me with her undivided attention. After all that, I usually forgot what I was trying to say anyway. If only I had texted her then I wouldn’t have interrupted her conversation AND I would have remembered what colossally important news I had to impart.
Basically, if your kids are still willing to communicate with you, why mess with the medium? If your kids are willing to ‘stay in touch’, why worry about whether it’s via email, cell phone or texting? The article also cites some great websites for learning this ‘language’. Try this one! It’s so much fun! http://www.lingo2word.com/translatetxt.php?searcher1=word&tosearch1=Create+Cool+Text+Messages+,+Just+Type+Your+Message+in+the+left+box
So, make way for our family’s communication evolution (or mine, anyway). Imagine how calm tomorrow morning will be as the following dialogue transpires instead:
To my teenage baggy-pant-brigade son, “Pull up your pants” = “pul ^ yr pants”
To my happy-go-lucky-but-ever-so-forgetful son, “Don’t forget your saxophone” = “dnt 4gt yr sax”, and
To my spirited, tomboy daughter, “Is that what you’re wearing?!” = “S dat w@ yr warin?”
Who knows? I may never speak to my kids again.