Canaan Texting

A Pose for the New Generation

This is how they look, isn’t it? This is the Ubiquitous Suburban Teen Pose.

I mean, not all USTs are quite so gorgeous as the ones I particularly have given birth to, but still. This is how they walk from place to place, clean their rooms, dispense reports on their day, and feed the cats. It is their natural posture, evolutionarily adapted over the 14 minutes it took for the texting phenomenon to grab each child by the scruff and shove a wireless device into their deft hands.

Amazingly, you don’t see many contusions on these USTs. Are they developing virtual rubber bumper car pads, as has been postulated by certain scientific parenting organizations?


But I can tell you that if you want their attention you’ll need to text them, even if you’re standing smack in front of their faces in the kitchen, taking their photograph.

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2 Responses to A Pose for the New Generation

  1. Lisa Rosen December 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    Gee, I have two who look exactly like that! You’re right about the virtual bumper pads; I’ve even tried tripping them to get their attention, to no avail.
    On the bright side, they do have amazingly strong thumbs. I’m sure this will be useful in life, right?

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe December 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

      Useful in life, um… yes! For playing Wii. And maybe other stuff. 😉

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