The Alien is Alienated

“I am a looser”
“You just don’t understand, my life is over”
“I am not going to have any friends”

All these passionate, sometimes hysterical pleas from the Alien have been getting the same standard response from me:

“Ag Shame”

I hear your gasps of horror from here. This mother has an emotionally disturbed, possibly unstable teenager and her response is “Ag Shame”? Relax! I did take the time to listen to the reason why her life was teetering on the brink of extinction.

The child does not have a BlackBerry.

Can you believe it? Even though she has a perfectly good Nokia somethingorother phone, a computer, the choice of 2 TV’s with DSTV and a DVD player, a pleasant roof over her head, a swimming pool, 3 adoring cats, 1 devoted dog plus a cupboard full of clothes – the child’s life is a misery because she does not have a BlackBerry Pin Number.

How sad is that? I am not totally heartless, you know. I was once a teenager and understand about peer pressure and all that psycho babble. It really is pathetic that a beautiful young girl can feel that life is passing her by because she does not have a particular make of phone. Talk about a fickle society.

Apparently all the kids who used to be on MXit have closed their accounts and are BB Messaging each other now. SMS is clearly so last week and actually calling a person and talking to them is what old people like me do. I suppose I could alleviate her misery just a tad if I allowed her to have Facebook but I see what some of these teenagers do and say on Facebook so question if I want to expose her to all that.

So, until her contract is due for an upgrade, I will just have to endure the endless whining and complaining. The advantage is that, because she no longer knows what is going on in the world around her because of her forced isolation thanks to her BlackBerry’lessness (cool new word that), the Alien can spend more time moping around me.
Hang on…did I just say advantage?
Anyone getting rid of their BlackBerry? Anyone?

4 thoughts on “The Alien is Alienated”

  1. Oh my, yes, the wonderful world of teenage peer pressure- where the ones who's pants sits the lowest and the one with the most apps on their phone rule the world. It is really a tough world – in teenager-ville. So hard to keep up. Glad to be part of middle age, where it is nice to talk on the phone with your friends and where a belt to keep your pants from going past your navel is considered elegant … : ) Hang in there sweet Alien- show them you can be cool and beautiful without being "in".

  2. Yes, you have to deal with the male Alien species, Helen. I suppose that they too have their share of pressures same as the girls. Boy, I am grateful to not be a teenager in today's world. It was so much easier when we were kids.

  3. Alienating the Alien in this day and age can be a good thing, but I do feel for her! But not as much as I feel for you!! Mine is turning 10 next week and thinks it is a TeenAger already! Boys may be different but they come with their own set of issues!Heaven help us all!

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