Groovy Mama Sez Hai

Let me explain.


It started when I exclaimed “That’s awesome!” to a plurk. Was it Baddie or Pau who noticed that I said that? I forgot who, but Helga begged that I utter LOLcat words. Lauren seemed visibly “annoyed” that her friends were encouraging me to LOLcat speak. If you don’t know yet, LOLCat is an image combining a photograph, most frequently a cat, with a humorous and idiosyncratic caption in (often) broken English—a dialect which is known as “lolspeak”, or “Kitteh!”. The truth is I find LOLcat so funny. I love our cats and I sort of speak LOLcat to these furry creatures. I know my limits. I will sound ridiculous at my age to utter LOLCat words.

Many years ago, I believed it would have been far out . Can you dig it?

Being a seventies child, I often heard the word “generation gap” from my high school classmates. It occurred to me that one day I’d be a mother.

I’m not going to be that kind of mother.

I’d “betcha by golly wow” will strive to bridge that generation gap. I was gonna be in the groove of things. I twirled and peered into the mirror as I admired my long, waist-length hair, Hot Pants and neon orange top.

Yup, I will be a groovy mom. I will be their mother and maybe their best friend.

Fast forward. Twenty years later, the word groovy is a thing of the past. My two pre-teen girls under then the tutelage of a talented Choir Directress yelled “Spacey…that is not cool” as she disciplined the children’ choir members.

I asked her “So you often use cool?” I thought, so the word “far out” is ancient 70s slang. She looked me in the eye and said “You have to speak their language”.

Yup, I will be a cool mom.

Not only did I bridge the digital generation. I learned to be “almost as good” as the girls even better if I may humbly add. I learned to laugh at their jokes even if “whatever, whenever” often ticked me off. I offered my praises “That’s awesome!” and exclamations “Isn’t that a freak?” “Oh how cool!?” without losing my boundaries as a mother.

But one thing I will not oblige is LOLcat speak. I think that is pushing it, not to mention an embarrassment to my girls. But, I will just say it once here..

DIS GROOVY MAMA SEZ OH HAI 2 ALL OV U

What do you think of your parents LOLcat speaking or up to date with the current idioms? If you’re a parent, do you think speaking their language is cool?

Thank you the lolcat translator.

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1346 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.


About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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  • http://laurganism.com Lauren

    *HEADDESK*

    Is all kthxbai.

  • http://fritzified.com Fritz

    ROFLOLFTMFWBBQ! This post made my day. Thanks cool mama! *runs away to hide from Lauren*

    Fritzs last blog post..The Vinyasa Yoga Center Experience

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    @Fritz- hehe Fritz.

  • http://one-twentyone.com lady cess

    oh my gulay…
    i am so huli..
    i have no idea what is lolcat, hahaha!
    i have to click all the links to find out. =D

    lady cesss last blog post..A Parade of Beans

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    @lady cess- it’s not as common as the slang but it’s just funny.

  • http://www.pinoylakwatsa.com mich

    i don’t even know LOLcat 🙁 but siguro it’s so cool if my mom is as groovy as you!

    michs last blog post..Eraserheads Reunion Concert – How to Register Online?

  • http://www.edelweiza.com edelweiza

    hi groovy mama! i’m glad my mom’s groovy, too. she’s not too conservative nor too liberated. just the right balance. kumbaga, nasasakyan nya ang mga trip ng mga anak nya. hehe.

    here’s to your continued coolness and grooviness! 🙂

    edelweizas last blog post..Only in China (Funny Chinese Signs)

  • http://www.storyofhealing.com thestoryofhealing

    My 70 year old mom just added me on Friendster a week ago. 🙂 Now, I did not know what LOLcat is until I read your blog above. But I sure find this whole thing very cool! Now, someone told me that the Internet is the great equalizer. Hurray to my mom and hurray to your LOLcat swing!

    thestoryofhealings last blog post..Dith Pran, a farewell

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    @edelwiza-Cheers to the groovy moms!

    @thestoryofhealing- kudos to your mom. Does she blog?

  • http://www.ladygadfly.com issai

    here’s a good lolcat site

    http://icanhascheezburger.com/

    i can has cheezburger, me has cheezburger. i iz hungwy. i iz nom cheezburger.

    issais last blog post..How long will it take again?

  • http://homeworked.blogspot.com/ raqgold

    nope, am passing on this, i think i would try to find another way to be a cool mom or else mabatukan ako ng asawa ko, hahaha

    actually, i dont really understand them and i dont know if i should try

    raqgolds last blog post..Dear Oma

  • http://dine.racoma.com.ph Sexy Mom

    i also didn’t know the meaning of LOLcat, but then my kids’ classmates and friends think i am cool. siguro, my kids also think i am cool, lol

  • http://teacherjulie.com/ julie

    My 12yo daughter has lots of sms with Japanese words/names in it. I think that’s cool too, at least the spelling is just right 😀

    julies last blog post..Who Wants Spa Treatments?

  • http://ademagnaye.com Ade

    I can imagine LOLen cringing now.

    Ades last blog post..Olympics! Huzzah!

  • http://blog.ditz-revolution.net Helga

    …HAO IN DA WURLD DID I MISS DIS ENTRIE!!!!!

    Oooh, is that a little Kylie? <3

    Helgas last blog post..RED TIGHTS: WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

  • http://scroochchronicles.blogspot.com Cookie

    I don’t know what LOLcat is but my 5 year old always says “Coolmungous!” and tries to talk the way I talk. I guess that makes me cool to preschoolers 😀

    Cookies last blog post..Adios!!

  • http://www.rockersworld.com karla

    I love this entry 😀
    and I love the cat photo 😀

    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      I love cats. That’s Lauren’s pet cat. 🙂