I love my cybermum

21 Jul

My mum is the archetypal ‘silver surfer’. In her early 70s, it wasn’t that long ago that anything with a cable, screen or microchip gave her palpitations (the exception being her crossword solving gadget). A year or so ago we finally persuaded her to buy a laptop. Lured by the promise of family photo sharing, the Lexulous app on Facebook and just a hint of curiosity (noseyness?), she was in no time poking and liking with the rest of us.

And thank god for mum. She reminds me that the online world is all about real people – individuals doing our best to keep pace with the changes around us even though we don’t always like or get those changes. It’s about being brave and putting yourself out there, seeing what happens and not worrying about getting it wrong. What follows is a genuine exchange I had with my mum on Facebook and an example of why I love my cybermum!

My Facebook status update: Wow! Looked out the window to find some massive golf balls had landed in my garden! http://t.co/TCJ5pDS

Mum: Are you back home?

Me: No mum – still in Cornwall, back Fri. The photo was of the Eden Project – not really golf balls in our garden!

Mum: There wasn’t any picture on my screen!!! Hope that you have had a good time.

Me: Mum – click on the link http etc …

Mum: Silly me!! I did manage to book my travel insurance on the net!!! How’s about that!!!

Mum (slightly later): Better late than never. It is a beautiful flower.

Me: It’s not a flower!!! It’s a photo of the domes at the Eden Project!

Mum: No. I know that. I was commenting someone else’s message about their wisteria, and my reply came up in the wrong place! I know that I can be stupid, but not that stupid!!!!!

Me: You’re forgiven!

Mum: Gee. Thanks. Been to hospital this morning. All ok, back in 6 months.xx

Interestingly, her hospital appointment was related to her eyes. (Sorry mum, couldn’t resist!!) Now to get her tweeting …

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3 Responses to “I love my cybermum”

  1. northernmum August 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Ha, my mum can’t work email but her friends manage to print off my blog for her.

    • C&P August 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

      Is that good or bad?! Thinking of @mammasaurus and her latest post! http://mammasaurus.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/does-your-family-read-your-blog/

      • Mammasaurus August 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

        My mum started on the internet a couple of years ago and now she can do most things – however- there was a good 6 months WHERE SHE WOULD ONLY WRITE THINGS IN CAPS LOCK AND IT ALWAYS FELT LIKE SHE WAS SHOUTING AT ME.
        bless ’em !

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