I should have seen it coming, I should have had my answer ready and I wouldn’t have had a panic attack. Just before my son went to college, he and my daughter were in the room with me while I was typing away on the laptop. Suddenly my daughter asked ‘Mom what in the world are you doing on the computer? You used to check your email once a day for 5 minutes and you are always on.’ My son chimed in ‘Yeah, every time you sit down you grab that thing up like it was your security blanket!’
Don’t panic, make something up! What? They know most of my friends and family rarely use email. Okay I could tell them I’m talking to strangers I just met on line about how much I love a good spanking just before their dad and I have wild, passionate, monkey sex! No, they will never believe that. I could tell them I am exchanging receipts over the internet. No, that is even less believable than the spanking story! I decided on some version of the truth.
I told them that had started talking to some folks one the internet, mostly parents, some who had little kids and some who were experiencing the empty nest. I told them we talked about everything from cooking, to sex, to potty training. To my great relief they immediately lost interest. Now, so I won’t be a liar, here goes. Cooking: I don’t do it any more. Potty training: I’m for it. I think I’ve already mentioned the sex part, haven’t I?