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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..


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.


18 thoughts on “Groovy Mama Sez Hai”

  1. 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

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