Thursday, February 25, 2010

Laughing, Out Loud and Otherwise

It is not often that you get the chance to laugh so hard that you can't breathe.

But, when it happens, it is usually memorable.

Case in point, recently, my mom has foraged into the facebook world. Now, for the most part, this has been a positive experience. She has found long lost friends and distant relatives. I am happy that she has been able to reconnect.

But, imagine my shock when I recently read a posting from her. It was a particularly serious posting, but, mom ended it with an easily recognizable lol abbreviation.

"Lol?!?" I thought to myself. "That wasn't funny. What was mom thinking?"

Needing some backup, I consulted hubs. I read him the post with the offending lol at the end then asked, "Hon, am I missing something? Is that funny?"

He looked up from his typing long enough to utter, "Nope."

"Well, what do you think?"

He paused, then fired. "I think your mom has menopause. Don't question it. Just go with it."

I chuckled and took his advice.

Things went along for awhile with no mentions of lol's or the like until one day I read my mom's facebook post. It read, (and this is a direct quote) "Sorry to all my fb friends . . . for 6 months I thought lol meant lots of love. Somebody send me Texting for Dummies."

The lightbulb clicked on and instantly, I understood.

And laughed. Out loud.

Poor mom. Thinking that she was sending out lots of love, mom told my aunt that broke her 2 legs . . . lol. She told my relative that lost her job . . . lol. Mom even told the priest at her church "thank you" and then followed it with, you guessed it, lol.

I am betting that these people did not, in fact, laugh out loud.

But, I sure did.

Thanks mom, for all of the laughs . . . out loud and otherwise.

********And for more adventures with mom and her insufficient abbreviating skills, return tomorrow. I have a doozy of a memoir!


  1. Oh that is just awesome. My husband loves the College Humor site (even though he is almost 2 decades away from college now!) and they do a regular feature called "Parents Just Don't Understand" just filled with crazy computer faux pas like that! When my parents do that kind of thing I shake my head and think they are too old for FB, but that's probably what the teenagers think of me, so I guess I'll let it slide. :o) Enjoying your site! Stopping by from SITS.

    Do not post the OPP fiasco. I might never recover.
    Love Mom

  3. hahahaha!! thanks for the laugh!

  4. Such a nice post, made me laugh out loud as well! My mom wasn't that bad, she just ended up writing very personal stuff in the 'comments' box to my status updates so it was there for anyone to read =)

  5. LOL Best mom technology story ever!

  6. That is so funny! I'm very thankful my mom is scared of the internet.

  7. Annie, In defense of your mother, I googled Acronyms on the internet. lol could mean lot of love also. or maybe the folks in charge of Acronym meaning changed it for Laurie!!! Hey, that could happen! Google and see if you come up with the same for lol.

  8. Awww ... bless her heart!!!



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