Tuesday, August 2, 2016

It's been a while, but I have something to say...

It's been a hot minute since I last blogged, and let's face it--I'm a bit rusty.  Whenever I write regularly, ideas just come to me-- like, funny, smart ideas, but when I've stepped back for a while, it all goes dark and cloudy on me. I've been walking around in a fog for a while now, keeping myself safely cocooned as I grieved my mom and worked at being an effective person for my family and my students.  And now I finally feel ready to get back to my running commentary on my life--which may or may not be interesting to you as it revolves pretty much around me and my people.  I'm ego-centric that way.

So, let's talk about my latest life issue--which is, granted, extraordinarily trivial compared to the actual life issues so many are facing. But, I'm going to go ahead and be that  person today. Snapchat. I have a serious bone to pick with the Snapchat developers.

Now, I'm willing to admit that I am very, very late in jumping on the Snapchat bandwagon.  My excuse for that is that I'm not thirteen years old.  And, yes, I am aware that there are adults using Snapchat.  A lot of adults.  Using a lot of Snapchat. I get that, so simmer down for a sec.  But my rationale is that I teach eighth graders for a living who are obsessed with this app, and based on that principle alone, I have steered clear. That is, until I was under duress instigated by a maniacal three-year-old who was holding me emotionally hostage by alternately jumping on me like a jungle gym and repeating the same question over and over again. (A question to which I apparently do not know the correct answer.)  It was then that I caved.

I downloaded the app, and we spent an hour and a half of lazy parenting playing with the filters. It was quality time.  It was almost fun.  I admired myself with butterflies dancing around my head. Declan puked rainbows for quite some time and we finally decided to end our day together watching Toy Story for the millionth time.

Life was good.

Until the very next day when my kid said he wanted "rainbows in his mouth" and had a complete meltdown on the floor because the app no longer had that filter. Make that (plural) meltdowns. The world is full of disappointments, and the absence of  spewing rainbows from one's mouth is apparently the bitterest of all to swallow.  I was confused.  How was it there one day and gone the next? I googled. Yep, phased out.  Phased out the day after I downloaded.  Just my luck.

Well played, Snapchat.  Well played.

Technology- 1; Reagan- 0

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