Her loving granddaughter then forwarded this to her mother, saying, “Tell Grandma to cut this crap... I don't have time to read stuff. She’s getting too old.”
Avery’s mother obeyed, chiding her mother, and suggesting to her she’d be more with it if she just use a few emoji’s, and way less words. ( those are the emotion faces you see when folks try to describe how they're feeling without using words.) As Alice said to me, “it's the last time I'll communicate with either of them. The hurt is unbelievable. We’ve always been a reading and writing family. I feel betrayed, that they're snickering behind my back, thinking I'm so old, I'm no longer of value to them. I feel completely violated.” ( She doesn’t apparently realise you shouldn't use words with more than two syllables, either. But I didn't explain that. It would have been too cruel.)
This can come as a shock to those of us who have always placed such importance in the written word. Funnily enough, in the same week I visited my new doctor, and she had pinned up a nameless note from a young patient. With great difficulty I managed to figure out the child was writing about her sore throat. There was no pretense at penmanship. It was almost indecipherable. The child was 10 years old.
Grandparents are struggling, trying to make sense out of a world that seems insane.Many older ones are leftovers from a generation that could never, in their wildest dreams have imagined things the new generation takes for granted as being necessities of life.
- They watch as hordes of people gather to trample into graveyards where folks seldom visited before. Those folks are not looking at the gravestones, or the beautiful trees around them. They're chasing virtual Pokemon characters, while being firmly attached to their cellphones. Remark how stupid the whole thing seems, and you'll get the wishy washy reply, “well, it's better than having them sit on a couch all day.”
- Texting is the order of the day. Not talking to each other; texting often 300 texts a day. Let's face it, in the natural order of things, you just wouldn't have all those “friends.” It's become impossible to see people walking without having their eyes glued to their phones.
- Some food for thought, with this link that I hope you’ll read. It's about the literacy rate in England, but I'm quite sure it applies in many countries. No wonder young people have problems finding jobs. This is a heartbreaker for anyone who cares about the future of our language and our young people.
I could go on and on about how things have changed, but that would be called a rant. Instead, with my thoughts about this I'm hoping folks will teach their children well, about respect and love, no matter where they are in the scheme of things. Love truly is the thing that keeps us all together, and able to deal with life, whatever is handed to us.