“Did you see the premiere of Nip/Tuck”?
“Yes, of course I did”! I almost shouted.
“Well, I am now addicted to that show. You should have seen your brother when it was on. He could hardly believe they do THAT on cable.”
I have a mental picture of my mother, father, and brother sitting around the sofa watching Dr. Christian Troy get it on with a mother/daughter duo but I shudder and quickly erase the picture from my mind.
“That show is something else,” my father mumbles with a goofy grin.
This is all too much.
Nip/Tuck – the ultimate in family entertainment. I should have never introduced them to the show to begin with. I will be haunted with those images for the rest of my life.
Later on, while in the comforts of my apartment where I can watch Nip/Tuck without the embarrassment of my mother sitting next to me, I am alerted by the familiar “bing” of an IM alert.
****** - "Hey Rach!"
It is my 11-year-old cousin in New York. This is the way my family communicates now. No joke. When I lived at home, my mother would IM me to ask questions rather than take the trip down the stairs.
Arubarachel – "Hey babe, how is my favorite cousin?"
****** - "I am really good :) I can’t wait for you to come visit. You can meet my boyfriend."
Excuse me? Ok, I admit it; I had a boyfriend in kindergarten. But, playing house and playing doctor was our relationship in its entirety. I believe boys still had coodies at the age of 11.
Arubarachel – "You have a boyfriend?"
******* - "LOL, yeah. Oh, he is here brb."
What happened to kids spending the afternoon playing Barbie?
Here lies Americans in the 21st century. Long gone are the days where families gathered around to play Monopoly. Instead we sit around and discuss the sex-lives of our favorite TV characters. Little girls have boyfriends (albeit innocent ones) at the age where I had no idea what a boyfriend stood for. We openly talk about bodily functions. Private parts are no longer private and public conversations can center around sex, periods and sperm..often all at the same time.
Another IM “bing”
Arubarachel – "what?"
******* "I just sneezed and farted at the same time."
See what I mean?
The phone rings and interrupts my thoughts. It is a dear friend calling to find out my weekend plans.
“Let’s see a movie”
“How about a baseball game instead?” I ask.
“Am I buying the tickets then?” he asks without being serious.
“Of course you are.”
“Well then Road Head is required for payment.”
“Nice try,” I say, “See what tickets you can find.”
I hang up the phone and sit for a minute to think. Where along the lines did any taboo subject start hanging out, in the open for all eyes to see? When did all this happen?
I can’t say I mind….It makes for excellent conversation.