My mom and godmother are trying to learn to use the computer and internet a little better, now that they’ve both decided to go the “I’m retired dammit!” route. So they started taking classes at one of their local community center places. I guess last night they were learning all about the wonders of IM. Around 11PM, I got this crazy looking IM from a screen name I didn’t recognize.
Me: Who is this?
Person: OOOOOOHHH so you saw it?
Me: Who is this? What did I see?
Person: It’s your godmother. You better watch out, you won’t be able to stop me now. I’m chatting girl!
Me: That’s great. I’m glad you’re learning. I told you it wasn’t hard
Person: Let me call your mother. But wait, when I press the enter key the message shows up on your screen, but when I click send it does the same thing. I’m confused.
Me: That’s how it works. You can do either, it’s up to you.
Person: Well I want to do both. I clicked send this time.
*ring ring ring* My phone started ringing
Godmother: Girrrrrrrrrrrrrrrllllll I’m getting down! I’m IMing now. Y’all won’t be able to stop meee!
Me: I’m so happy you’re getting comfortable with it. That’s great.
*Loud IM sound*
Godmother: You see that message? You can just respond on the phone to me.
Me: That’s kind of backward Godmama. If you send me a message online, I’ll respond online. Using IM makes it so you don’t have to use the phone.
*Loud IM sound* *Reading IM from her that says “That makes sense. I’ll get off the phone now”* *Dialtone in my ear*
I wished my godmother goodnight over IM and was getting ready for bed when I got a text from my mother…
U got the ims from ur godmomma? I’m gonna call u in a minute
And it started all over again with my mom…
*ring ring ring*
Mom: Girrrrrrrrrrllll We’re getting it together huh?…
For another half hour or so she was bragging about her skills and how I need to send her stuff to search on Goo.gle. They’re so cute and funny learning new things. They’re almost like kids seeing things for the first time. This is going to be an interesting retirement for them and me.