The Text Message Said – HMD?


The other day I was in a local coffee shop and it was Mother’s Day. I heard one lady say to her husband that two of her three children had sent her a message wishing her a Happy Mother’s Day. While she was sitting there the third child, one of her daughters who is often college sent her a text message which read; HMD. She asked her husband; “what does HMD mean?” I started laughing to myself, because I knew exactly what it meant; HMD = Happy Mother’s Day!

Eventually the couple figured it out, but doesn’t that seem a little trite considering that this couple probably had to save quite a bit of money to send their daughter to college, or cosign her student loans? And all she had time to do was send a text message with three letters? Yes, all of this wonderful technology is being used to help people stay in contact, but it isn’t real and it isn’t personal, it often pretends to be full of the motion “LOL” but is it? Does it really mean anything in the end, what ever happened to a personal phone call? It’s not like the couple didn’t take their phone with them in case one of their children called on that day.

HMD is all that mother got. Let me remind you that it costs $250,000 to raise a kid up until the age of 16, and that’s if you’re on a tight budget. They sent this girl to college, I can’t imagine how much her college tuition costs, or her first car, or the car insurance for that matter – what about gas – or the cell phone bill – everyone has to have an iPad these days? I wonder how much those parents spent feeding her all those years of her life, or paying for all her activities from ballet to tae kwon do and from cheerleader to SAT camp. Surely their daughter in college can do better than that. Oh sure their daughter has learned a new language we call text messaging, but she hasn’t learned anything about family dynamics.

Did she take home economics in high school? Will she be able to raise a family of her own? And what happens with her own daughter when she grows up sends a silly text message like that? Apparently, the couple was amused, but I am horrified that this up-and-coming generation thinks that’s acceptable. It’s clearly not, it’s highly inappropriate, and quite frankly it is not good enough. Skating through life and interpersonal relationships through text messaging, that is not going to work for anyone long-term. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.


Source by Lance Winslow