Can You Hear Me Now?


Cole and Kaiya making crepes. Probably after she couldn’t reach me on my iPad.

My 8-year-old granddaughter Kaiya sent me an instant message Sunday morning. Unfortunately, I was out of the house for a bit, and didn’t get back until after lunch. What’s more, to her everlasting SHOCK, I don’t have an iPhone, so I can’t get the messages she texts me from her iPad unless I am next to my own iPad. Kaiya and Mylee are endlessly stunned that I sometimes don’t pick up when they Facetime, for the same reason.

Anyway, here is what she texted me: Nana, what does TTYL mean (with no question mark because I have learned that NOBODY hip ends text messages with punctuation, and Kaiya is nothing if not hip. It simply isn’t done, except by me, because I was educated in the Catholic school system and would have had to write out I must use proper punctuation. 500 times if I failed to punctuate properly).

Her question took me by surprise, partly because I actually knew the answer. But I wasn’t sure whether she was asking because she didn’t know or if it was simply a test. You know, a Hipness Test.

I’m actually going to go with the first option, because for whatever reason, Kaiya thinks I know a lot. I hope she never learns the truth.

Anyway, TTYL (for those of you who don’t have a 13-year-old granddaughter with her own cell phone) means Talk To You Later. It’s a convenient way to finally end that text message conversation that seems to never reach a conclusion.

I will admit that the first time 13-year-old Addie ended a text message conversation with TTYL, I had to look it up. I could tell that it was the finale, but I didn’t know why. Up until that point, my urban abbreviation lingo was limited to LOL.

Pretty funny, huh?  LOL.

So, literally hours after she had asked the question, I texted back the answer. I never heard another word, so she probably found out some other way. From someone with an iPhone.

For reasons I will never quite understand, my grandkids think I’m high-tech. The joke’s on them. I write a blog, but I have no idea what that word actually means. I own two iPads, but I got one for free when we signed up with Dish Network. What’s more, I generally only use my iPad to read or look at Pinterest or play Majong Solitaire (a game they all think is old-school, but look over my shoulder as I play it and poke the proper tiles without asking me).

Sometimes Bill will be telling me something about my iPad or computer, and I just look at him as if he is speaking Swahili, because he might as well be. Interface? Gigabyte? Peripheral devices? URL?

So see? Really not high tech.

But I guess being high-tech, just like anything else, is relative. I, for example, have a Facebook account while Kaiya’s maternal grandmother doesn’t. The McLains’ other grandmothers have Facebook accounts, but my iPads have Minecraft installed on both. High tech.

And probably most important, since I bought Bill a new iPad for his birthday, we own a total of four iPads. We own so many that we may start using iPads instead of concrete blocks to build bookshelves for our family room.

Not really. TTYL.

11 thoughts on “Can You Hear Me Now?

    • Well, you made me LOL! Minecraft is a game of which I have absolutely no understanding. It involves building cities and funny looking creatures. All of my grandkids LOVE Minecraft. But if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have the slightest idea what it was.

  1. I have one FA that always ended an email request with P/T. I had no idea what that meant and tried looking it up on urban dictionary. It took me the longest time to figure it out. Any guesses?

  2. I’m nodding as I read this! I just learned what TTYL is so thank you! My little grandson who is 2.5 years old can actually show me where to find Netflix on the ipad! Stopping by from Blogging Grandmothers link up.

  3. Oh my goodness Kris, so glad to hear that I’m not the only one that uses punctuation via text messages. I can’t help it, I learned it in school and can’t stop! I did get really brave one day and texted my grandbabies this message – What r u doing? – Ha, I still had to use punctuation though 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in on our Blogging Grandmothers Link Party #3. We sure appreciate you partying with us!

  4. Haha! This is funny!! Using your ipads as blocks!
    I don’t even own 1!! But I do have a smartphone, that I can’t even find emojis on. 😉
    And I’m with ya on the punctuation!
    Blogging Grandmothers
    PS. Did you and Kaiya actually talk later that day?

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