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What’s up with all this texting? It seems as though the newest generation doesn’t spend time doing anything but “transmitting” to each other. Have you noticed the kids with their head down and thumbs “typing” an email to their friends? Seems like they can’t do anything without letting everyone know what they’re up to at that moment.

My wife and I delighted in taking each of our four grandsons to Hawaii for a couple of weeks right after they graduated from eighth grade. I was taking one of them on a trip to a nice beach to snorkel. We were in swim trunks, carrying fins, goggles, towels. As we put our stuff down to get ready, he pulled out his phone and started texting. I asked him what he was doing and he said, “I’m telling my friends that I’m going snorkeling now.”

For the rest of the trip, it seemed like he was always texting and getting text messages. One day, I asked if he actually spelled out all the words and he said, “No, we all use a texting shorthand.”

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I’m hoping you’ll “LOL” at what I’m about to share with you.

Just for fun, I asked him what some of them were:

*$ ~ Starbucks
ATD ~ Agree To Disagree
TTYL ~ Talk To You Later
BTW~ By The Way
10Q ~ Thank you

…and hundreds more.

Well, the youngsters have nothing on us seniors. I ran across this Senior Texting Code and it’s one we can all use:

ATD ~ At The Doctors
BFF ~ Best Friend Fell
TTYL~ Talk To You Louder
BTW ~ Bring The Wheelchair
FWIW ~ Forgot Where I Was
GGPBL ~ Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low
GHA ~ Got Heartburn Again
ISHO ~ Is My Hearing-aid On?
LMDO ~ Laughing My Dentures Out
ROTFLACGU ~ Rolling On The Floor Laughing And Can’t Get Up

Have fun “transmitting” to your youngsters.