I love my family. With all of my heart. They can make me laugh and cry like no other person can.
I have two sisters, one big, one little. Today, I need to tell you about the big one, and my mum.
My big sister is amazing. She has two degrees, is married with two beautiful children but, she is a little out of touch with the internet, social media etc. This is not a bad thing. It’s quite refreshing actually, although I have often had to spend evenings with her trying to explain the concept of a Retweet…
Anyway, she does manage to text us, and often signs off her texts with ‘lol’.
To us savvy texters we all know that that means Laugh out Loud.
To my big sister this still means Lots of Love.
Which is fine for us all who are close to her as we know what she means. And we all avoided sending it back to her to avoid confusion.
Or so I thought..
Recently she was in a seminar as part of her work, and the 50+ year old David Brent wannabe (her words) started the seminar by saying this..
“We all know how quickly text language changes, how children change the meaning of words so that their parents don’t know what they are talking about..”
At this point big sister was nodding along knowingly with the fellow parents in the room. Until…
“Take for example, the use of LOL. It used to be Lots of Love…”
This is where she stopped mid nod and kept her smile frozen in place while her eyes opened all crazy like.
“But now, of course, we all know it is Laugh out Loud”
This was how she was informed of this. A 50+ year old man was informing her. She was mortified. And has since started signing her texts with the actual words: Lots of Love.
She is ok now though, she is getting over it. Until she told me this story and I told her that even our mum knows how to use LOL correctly.
For example, this is a text from my mum to me:
That’s cool! It will happen in the near future is all I know lol. Will
call them on Friday if no news. Xxx
This worried big sister a little, as she wondered if mum had been texting lol to her as Laugh out Loud and not Lots of Love as she thought.
After reading a few examples, we decided that mum was using it as Lots of Love for big sister, and Laugh out Loud for the rest of the world. (Which actually makes my mum some kind of genius, remembering to do this).
Until we came across this text.
(To put into context, my mum has the whole family over to hers for Christmas on Boxing day and this was sent to my mum once big sister had spent the day with her and was making her way home)
Thanks ever so much for having us all over, was such a lovely day.
Love you xx x
Was a pleasure, can’t wait to do it again next year, lol x
An evil genius maybe, scoring silent chuckles without us even realising.
Hats off to you mum.