I totally understand that I am not as hip and perhaps as mentally agile as are my children. All 4 of them own gadgets that I’ve purchased that I have no clue how to operate. For all I know they could be using them against me, to organize a mass coup lead by the children of the world against their unaware, technologically-disadvantaged parents. Sometimes I fear this. I’ll walk into their room, and quick fingers automatically tap buttons which switch screens, and attempt to confuse me. I try to stay keen.
Me: “Shut off the gadgets and get back to homework.”
The Teen: “I’m actually doing homework now, mama. Watching a YouTube video for science, then drop boxing my homework on line. After that I’m shooting a video for spanish and then developing my web site for computer class.”
Ummmmmm. Does everything in life require a gadget? Because, everything she’s mentioned does. Is it possible that we can no longer be gadget-free? But more importantly, is our growth as a people and as individuals dependent on being gadget-savvy?
Geez. It’s become very clear to me that my kids are threatening to lead this ship (the one that’s headed towards the land of innovation & progression). Oh, helllll no. I’ve worked too hard to simply loose my edge. If I’m cool amongst my friends, (some of whom lead the art-fashion-finance-film-music scenes) and if I’m semi-valuable to multi-million dollar companies as an advisor on cool-culture, then why am I teetering somewhere between ‘clueless’ and ‘goofy’ in the eyes of my daughter?
Kid Influencers. SMH.
Surely I can bridge the gap between me and my Millennial teen and make us the most empowered duo since Thelma & Louise (minus the bad ending). As all great teams are only as good as their weakest link, my immediate goal is to quickly hone up on my tech skills. I assess the situation: Mama needs a new gadget to gain the respect of her teen and ultimately have said teen bring said mama up to speed in the ‘ways of the new-world’.
And this is when I dial up my connected & in-the-know, friends. @Johnica introduces me to her pals at @Dell and the next thing I know, I’m laced with an XPS13 Ultrabook. I believe this is exactly what I need to kick my Mama-Millennial-team movement into high speed.
By no stretch of the definition do I see myself as a lover of all things gadget, (hey, I’m still working with a Blackberry). But my XPS13 has made me smile and raised my status in my own home. Through airports, on the road, in my bed, even in my kid’s bed, I’ve been toting it around. Perhaps I love it because TECHNOLOGY seems to be the best way (right after BEAUTY and right before MUSIC) to connect with my daughter.
With beauty, I move us towards natural, healthy approaches to inner and outer beauty (try this!). With music, we gladly oscillate between One Direction & Nina Simone, (and all that’s in between). With technology, well, it’s quite often that my teen ‘hips’ me to a few things: the back end of my site, how to set up a Tumblr account, a faster way to send big files, even how to shoot, edit and star in my very own videos…
I’m enjoying the time we spend together – me and my Millennial teen. And really, I grab at any time we can be together, smiling and engaged with each other. In fact, I’ll stumble through new tech territory, grapple with effeminate boy bands and make way through sample after sample of glorious creams – all in the name of LOVE. This is my life.