Someone recently told me I could not be considered old because I still have a teenager in the house who keeps me in the know of all things cultural. Unlike my husband, who is locked in the late seventies in many ways, I think I’ve kept up pretty well. Allie and I know many of the same musicians. We watch some of the same TV shows. We both like The Onion.
How will I keep up my skills when Allie goes away to college? How will I know about the cool apps on my phone? I’m so afraid that the second she leaves, I will become out-of-the loop, put out to pasture, obsolete.
I plan to keep up with my education after she’s gone. I will continue to listen to pop music in the car. I’ll try and check Twitter more often. I will look up words, references or Internet acronyms I’m not familiar with on Urban Dictionary. I’ll buy my movie tickets through my phone and show the QR code at the theater. I’ll look at Snap Chat Discovery every day for important entertainment news. I’ll try to learn how to put on eye shadow without her guidance. I’ll buy eye shadow. I’ll use emojis in all my texts, and I’ll learn how to take my own selfies. I’ll look at Vines once in a while and I’ll subscribe to some You Tube Channels. I’ll pay closer attention to the fashion magazines at the super market checkout. I’ll stop using words like super market. I’ll use my own judgment as to whether or not I can pull off a particular outfit.
But when she’s gone, II fear I’ll become locked in the 2105’s. Do they have tutors for this kind of stuff?