I hope I have a long way to go until I am hunched over, walking with a cane and talking about “those young whipper snappers.” But I got more than a glimpse of what it means to be an “older generation” this week.
While walking through the mall with Little Bee I had to approach the information desk to get my bearings.
“Is there a Hallmark store in the mall?” I asked the woman behind the desk. (There wasn’t.) But the mall cop who was shooting the bull with her offered me some suggestions. When I looked into his eyes momentarily I was struck right away.
He looked like he had escaped from the middle school lunch table.
Last night, inspired by a new recipe from one of the many recipes I’m guilty of collecting (and never making) the iPod was blasting and me and Little Bee were putting on a groove shoe… minding our own business. I glanced over at Twinkle Toes and her eyes bugged out like Macauley Culkin in Home Alone. (Does anybody remember that movie or is it just me?)
Apparently I had stepped into shaky territory feeling it was safe to dance in my own kitchen. Because I have now become the mom with jazz hands whose kids run in the other direction when Kool and the Gang comes on. Well, not really Kool and the Gang, but you get the idea.
And I know every generation has their lingo.
Cruisin’ for a bruisin’, Groovy! and Don’t have a cow! come to mind.
But now there are text abbreviations, the ever-popular LOL, lmk and btw.
I remember the first time I heard “B.T. dubs.”
Took me a senior moment and then I got it. Stands for the phrase “by the way”. It’s abbreviated in texting form to “btw” and now the young ones actually say “B.T.dubs.”
I told Techno, “Uh, yeah, please do yourself a favor and don’t talk like that.”
But then what will he have to look back and laugh about when he’s my age? And isn’t that part of the fun of getting older? Laughing at your younger, stupider self? I can’t bear to deny him THAT joy.
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