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My Mother is on Facebook…

Whilst pondering a possible relevant topic to write about the other day, I happened upon this author’s Blog. He had quite helpfully thrown 100 random topics in the air for people to blog about. One of these was particularly interesting to me because it happens to be a constant source of entertainment in my household.

My 50+ year old mother is on Facebook. At the very least for us, this was a previously inconceivable concept. From someone who could barely work the TV remote (and probably can still, barely work the TV remote), she has magically become Café World Entrepreneur, Fishville Overlord and Petville Extraordinaire. Not only is she juggling these three games simultaneously, but she is also controlling the Facebooks of FIVE, furry felines that live with us. Amazing? Damn right.

Each morning, bleary-eyed and hairdo like a horse has been sucking on her head, she sits in the kitchen (we have no living room), on her laptop and clicks away madly, occasionally holding a conversation with her various pets in Petville, and sometimes even with her laptop. When questioned as to why she looks like Dracula’s insane auntie, she reluctantly lets on that she was up until 4am in the morning, ‘playing with her fish’.

In these short few months since becoming Facebook-obsessed, she has learnt to post things to her wall, comment on people’s statuses, accept friend requests and chat on Facebook Chat. This is not to say that she does any of these things with much grace, in actual fact there are many times in a day where the usual calm of the kitchen is punctuated by wails of, “Why not working?!” and “Is it dead?! How comes not moving?!”. She is of course usually referring to her browser, and the Refresh button has become her new best friend.

I remember in the days of pre-Facebook mother, our conversations would often revolve around things that happened at work (hers and mine) and home-related things. Now more often than not, she will chase me down to ask if I’ve gifted her, phone me at work to ask ‘why the internet is down’, and leave me notes reminding me to help her feed her fish. It is doubly amusing, then, that despite the daily showdowns of fierce clicking and scrolling she still cannot work the answering machine, do a search on Google, or use her video player.

In the face of these challenges she soldiers on bravely, and the pleasure of buying new clothes for her pet and making a profit on her Martian Brain Bake is enough to make her squirm with delight. This surprisingly cute behaviour makes us bemused and amused in equal measure, and undoubtedly adds a little bit of sunshine to our days.

Watching her with her glasses propped comically on the end of her nose, I wonder what I will be like when I am 50. The rate at which technology is evolving is remarkable; and it seems like only yesterday that I waited eagerly for the electronic bleeping of my dial-up modem to connect me to the World Wide Web. I live in faith that I will be able to keep up with all the new gadgets and concepts.

And if not?  Then I hope my daughter will say how much it makes her smile to see me try.



  1. January 12, 2010 at 12:25 am

    This made me smile big time 🙂 I might go next door in the minute and give her a cuddle!

  2. January 12, 2010 at 8:56 am

    This is so sweet. Makes me wonder whether we could get my dad clickerising on Facebook.

    It seems doubtful seeing as he needs either Nicki or myself to point him in the direction of the ‘ON’ button

    • January 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      Surprisingly, my mom started off this way too! Now she is quite comfortable with the position of the ‘ON’ button!! Give it a go!

  3. Alina
    January 13, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    🙂 so cute! I love petville on facebook too! so loveable your mum!

    • January 14, 2010 at 12:53 am

      Haha thanks! Yeah she is quite loveable! 🙂

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