I'll admit that I'll respond faster to La Madre's texts than I would to her non-existent phone calls (apparently, she can never find the house phone), but I need her to learn some texting etiquette. Textiquette, if you will. Just a little, not a lot.
This is because I love you, Mom.
|This picture in no way, shape or form meant to represent how my mom looks. She's actually a fairly young mom - not like a regular mom, like a cool mom. For the purposes of this post however, it does accurately capture her relationship with her cellphone.|
Rule 1 - You can't. . well, shouldn't text sentences one at a time. Unless you have some horribly limited character count (which you don't) on your cell phone, you can just send everything at once. That way my phone doesn't have to vibrate constantly for a
Rule 2 - I've said it before and I'll say it again -- when you text in caps, in tech-speak, you are yelling. I know you're not really such an angry person but that's because I'm your daughter. Others (like those who you e-mail) might not be as forgiving.
Rule 3 - I want to say 90% of the time, when I send you some version of an emoticon you have no idea what's going on. You think it's a code or a typo. Or this:
La Madre: My boss sent me home early because I was sick
Me: Uh oh :O
La Madre: What is that? a monster?
La Madre: How did u get it?
La Madre: Waaaaaaaaa :(
I'm just going to put it all on the table for you:
:( Sad face
:o) Me being 'cute' and smiling
O:( Innocent Nhya
>.< Frustrated Nhya
:O Shocked and Appalled Nhya
-.- The face I make when you ask me to help you make a Facebook
It would be so much easier for me to express myself to you if you'd kind of. . I don't know, study these? Just a little, not a lot.
Rule 4 - If you call me and I text you and then you call me again, I'm not going to answer. Let's just get that straight from now. I'm probably not in a place where I can talk (like work) so a series of texts asking me why I can't pick up the phone will only be answered with texts, never a phone call.
Hopefully this will help not only my mom, but parents across the nation who are dealing with a communication barrier between themselves and their children.