Wednesday, September 30, 2009

OMG, My 82-Year-Old Mother Just Friended Me On Facebook!

What do you do when your 82-year-old Jewish mother from Long Island sends you a friend request on Facebook? My first instinct is to take my laptop up to the roof and toss it off the building like an oversized Frisbee. Quickly. And cancel my Internet service. And never look back. My second instinct is to simply click "accept" and hope for the best.

So I wonder now just what my Facebook relationship with mom is going to look like. Will I be receiving embarrassing status updates like, "Mildred is rinsing her dentures now?" Or, "Mildred just had a nice glass of tea?" Or maybe I'm going to be invited to her senior citizen's rec-room parties, or be forced to read the results of her "Which Sex Symbol Am I" test. Oy.

Here's a very funny, and highly appropriate, video making the 'net rounds. It's about Twitter and why it's perfect for Jewish mothers. Perhaps it'll now apply to my Facebook life as well. Yeah, ma, I'm wearing my sweater......


Anonymous said...

Andrew - I am not 82 years old -
just 81/2 -

dont worry - I do not play bingo, attend senior rec parties, drink a
"glass tea" etc,etc - so you dont have to throw away you pc or cancel internet -
just keeping up with the times,to keep my brain alive &well- maybe someone from my past, still living will find me or vice versa -
so let not your heart be troubled - be proud!
and oh yes - do wear your sweater - its getting cold out there - love u - guess who?

Athena Smith said...


I totaly disagreed with your son's comments about the probable updates he might see. I expected to see from you stuff like " I updated to IE8 and the SmartScreen and cross-site scripting filters give you a red warning page when I visit an unsafe site."

Where I come from hanging out with people of your age is a rare treat because of your wisdom, accumulated knowledge, and incredible story telling abilities.

Don't pay attention to the ageism the media promotes. Mostly ignorant unclassy vulgars run that business.

I would be honored if you friended me BTW!!!

Anonymous said...

to Athena Smith
Thank you so much for your nice comment & complement - very few young people today think as you do. and you are so right -I really appreciate it.
However, I havent been using facebook yet - this is a new pc and quite different from the old one I have been using for the last 10 years and there is a lot of new tech stuff I have to master, just to get to the same end as before -
When I do, I will be pleased to be your facebook friend -
Andy's mom, Mildred