We usually use our family group chat to notify one another about upcoming events like a graduation, or to organize Mother’s Day or to wish one another Shabbat Shalom.
But every once in a while our messages get mean or funny, depending…
For example, not too long ago while I was away, there was bad weather in New York and people were posting prayers on social media.
Worried, I sent my family a text.
Me: I heard it’s pouring there. Are you all ok?
Son #1: I got struck by lightning.
Son #2: I’m drowning.
Son #3: All good… I fell into a collapsed sewer line but I got out.
Last week my daughter-in-law, Margo, sent this riddle:
Take the time to try and figure it out before you read on!
The answers started flowing in…
Margo: No, no and no.
Test your left brain
(Apparently the game turned into, "Who can read every word off the riddle card.")
Margo: Still no.
Only a genius can answer
My other daughter in law, Jaclyn: What is answer
Margo: Jaclyn… You are a genius!!!
"Wait," I said, just seeing these messages. "I want to play!!"
Margo: Too late. Jaclyn is apparently brilliant.
Jaclyn: Whattttt omg I feel like a winner!!!
Margo: “What” is the name of the ship
Jaclyn’s proud husband: Very good Jaclyn!!! (String of emojis- streamers, balloons, a present!)
Oh wow Jaclyn
And then this compliment/dig from her husband: Who needs a memory when you’re a flat out genius. (We call Jaclyn, Dory.)
My oldest son, Jack- the pragmatic one- wrote: Nice one Jaclyn. When you wrote that I thought you were asking what is the answer. Are you sure you were saying “what” is the answer??
My youngest child: I thought that also.
Jaclyn: I need to admit the truth to you guys. I was just asking, “What is the answer?” I didn’t mean “what” is the name of the ship. Sorry to let you all down. (Sad emoji).
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My youngest: I knew it!!!!!
Jaclyn: Don’t rub it in. (Angry emoji)
Jack: Haha I knew it!!!!
Margo: 3 crying/ laughing emojis
Jaclyn: I’m happy everyone “knew” it. Nice family support
Jack: And then you wrote…. Whattttt omg I feel like a winner!!!!
Jaclyn's less than proud husband: I would’ve taken that to the grave.
Me: Never laughed so hard. Hysterical!!!