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Posted by on Oct 8, 2009 in Random | 11 comments

MY MIL HAS NO DIGITAL LIFE

Another repost, because of my Twitter status update and BlaBla’s comment…

With the constantly emerging stream of new technology; I can only begin to imagine what an alien world it must seem to my 82 year-old Mother In Law.

As a girl she never dreamed of owning a car, flying in an airplane or watching television. She speaks proudly of her working days and tells how she was the first person in her office to be taught the workings of a Telex machine and how, years later; she did research for her company using the Microfiche system. (It is interesting that these words are so obsolete that my Microsoft dictionary is rejecting them).

She has wonderful conspiracy theories and believes that the staff at Checkers are inferior to those at Woolworths, that they steal a few slices of bread from the Best Of Both packs before putting them on the shelves and skimp on the sugar in their All Gold Tomato Sauce. No amount of reasoning will convince her that these items all come from the same factory and are not manufactured ‘in the back of the shop’.

We gave her a cell phone recently; she’s very frail and we need to know that she can contact us in the event of a fall or worse. She is very mistrustful of it and has refused steadfastly to use it, until last week. She asked me to draw a bank statement for her “but use the auto bank machine outside Woolies, they give a much better statement than those people inside the machine at Checkers”.

I wasn’t gone long and pulled into my driveway to find her standing there, agitatedly muttering down at her cell phone screen. I asked what was going on and she said she had wanted to catch me while I was at Woolworths to ask me to bring her some scones;
“But that rude girl inside this phone kept bleating on about insufficient airtime and, even when I said I just wanted a quick word with my daughter in law, she didn’t listen to me and carried on talking. These young people have no manners any more!”

She has just been in my study to tell me of her experience this morning. She went to have a blood test at the local pharmacy and the pharmacist asked if he could take a photo of the procedure for their soon-to-be-launched website. “I’m going to be famous” she said “please watch out for me on the internet and can you tape it for me when it comes on?”

11 Comments

  1. Sad but true and gave me a good giggle!!!

  2. Woolworths should be paying her.

    “But that rude girl inside this phone kept bleating on about insufficient airtime and, even when I said I just wanted a quick word with my daughter in law, she didn’t listen to me and carried on talking. These young people have no manners any more!”

    Aww !

    Thanks for the laugh.

  3. Hi CIn

    My mother will be 80 next February, and had a different life. She has a BA degree and flew small aeroplanes. After that she became an air hostess. She uses her cell phone only for talking, can't send an sms. She was a good typist, but the keyboard is her one over. She uses her debit card, but prefer her "Barclay Card", that she pays with a cheque every month.

    Our children already laugh at us, so I suppose that's the way it goes

    • Ditto the monthly cheque payments with mine Carina!

  4. Your MIL sounds like a laugh-a-minute in this day and age. She seriously believes that the ATM in Checkers is worse than the one outside Woolies?! LOL.

    And the "rude girl in the phone"?! Priceless.

    Who said noting stereotypical behaviour was wrong?

    • Oh grief. And now I just realise that your MIL is just a F away from being something completely different.

      Shudders. Expecting little sleep tonight and nightmares when I do 🙁

  5. bwahahahaha Bla!

    What I forgot to include in the post is her first reaction to my husband's Garmin. He wanted to show her how it worked and deliberately took wrong turns. After about the fifth 'recalculate' instruction, MIL commented "She's a remarkably patient girl!"

  6. I have forced my parents to get with technology! My mom even does mms 🙂

  7. The MIL/F word is what led me to the post, now I'm ruined…..

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