I am laying it on the table. I love social media and truthfully, I waste a whole lot of my valuable day, scrolling and living vicariously through those who have sexier, racier, skinnier, and a generally more perfect life than I do. Hell, if we are getting honest, I sort of don’t even mind seeing what you had for dinner last night at that swanky restaurant that got fab reviews. Of course it is only to justify my booking a table there next week!
There is one area of social media though that I haven’t quite worked out how I feel about it and that is the meme. You know those funny pictures with perfect captions that sum up just how you are feeling at that particular moment. Doing some digging I discovered that it was some controversial scientist called Richard Dawkins that came up with the term meme to describe “a unit of cultural information, as a concept, belief, or practice, that spreads from person to person in a way analogous to the transmission of genes.” Now at this point of my day that is a bit highbrow and completely irrelevant in my world, but the term has morphed into something more meaningful for our beloved internet. It has had the “high” stripped right back and basically is a concept or idea that spreads “virally” from one person to another via the internet. And boy do they spread virally! Some of the fantastically stupid ones and the amazingly good ones have landed on my page at least 3 times in one day.
Now, my problem with memes more often than not is not what they are saying, or who or what is in the image, although I do draw the line when pictures are being used without permission to make fun of the individual. My issue stems from those utterly clever parenting memes that nail it. You’ve seen them, carrying on about behavior, sleepless nights, too much sugar, or the general crappy things kids get up to. Don’t get me wrong. I love these memes and identify with them on so many levels, BUT I do not know one parent in my generous experience of being a parent that would have the time, tenacity, or general care factor to come up with one of these beauties. I mean, we are all out on the battlefield trying our best to survive, not coming up with witty lines, and finding the perfect matching image or video. Who in their right mind would give up precious “me time” to entertain others? No one I know!
That said, I am forever grateful to the generous individuals who take the time to make my day that bit more survivable, for giving me the ability to laugh at my situation, or more importantly for giving me hope that at some point this stuff will get better. And I have to point out that the way these meme miracle makers “nail it” can only mean that they are elbow deep in this parenting lark, makes me ever more grateful and full of admiration. Keep sharing the love and sharing the memes.