Emoji Killer by Terveen Gill

My daughter calls me the ‘emoji killer’. She rolls her eyes when she says it, and her duck lips ridicule my efforts. It’s easy for her to be judgmental, she grew up with an electronic device perpetually shoved in her face. My childhood knew the pleasures of the outdoors and actual interaction with other human beings. I wasn’t a lump that shifted from a chair to a sofa to a soft and bouncy bed. There was more to life than staring at a screen and furiously tapping fingers.

But my daughter doesn’t understand this. Her fourteen-year-old brain only sees what it wants to. And my attempts at messaging make her the ashamed daughter of an incompetent mother. I don’t know why she interferes in my business. Alright. Maybe I have asked for her help on several occasions. But that doesn’t mean that earned her the right of policing me when she pleases.

I thought a cranky teenager would have no time to look over her mother’s shoulder. But this girl just happens to appear when I’m in the process of drafting a message. It could be to a friend, my sister, or the reading club I joined two months ago. There is no respect for a middle-aged woman’s privacy.

She could be getting back at me for being a slightly nagging mother, but I think I’m the one at the receiving end now more than her. Her complaints begin as soon as I add an emoji. She sniggers and taps my shoulder.

MAAAUHM. That’s the wrong emoji.

Her finger attacks my screen and rectifies my emoji mistake absolving me of the dreaded emoji sin. She then waits for the next one. None of the emojis I tap are to her satisfaction. Some are too stupid, some are out of place, and some don’t go with the vibe of my words. I didn’t know one needed a diploma or degree in emoji writing. But I dare not interrupt her.

What if I need her help in the future and she says no? That’ll put me in a precarious place. So I allow her to have the upper hand and fix my disgraceful text. When it’s all done, she grants me her blessings and I tap the send button. There, it’s all done. She walks away while branding me a heartless ‘emoji killer’.

I let it slide and pretend that my hearing is worse than her manners.

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  1. I sent Skip one of these emoji things. Hope you like the emoticon I said. He just rolled his eyes. I’m a lost cause Terveen…..

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Join the ‘emoji killer’ club, Don. There are refreshments and handkerchiefs to cry in. 🙂

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      1. I like the refreshments…..

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  2. Ah, the wisdom of teenagers when they’ve reached the stage of «Sigh. Mom and Dad, that’s NOT how it’s supposed to be.» I try to roll with it. And I purposefully put in random emojis. I’ve found that the ghost sticking its tongue out can be used for pretty much any text 🙂

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Haha! I like that spirit, Dave. And I really don’t see the big deal about using a certain emoji here, there, or everywhere. But tell that to the sighing ones. Thank you. 🙂

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  3. But this girl just happens to appear when I’m in the process of drafting a message. It could be to a friend, my sister, or the reading club I joined two months ago. There is no respect for a middle-aged woman’s privacy.

    Hilarious!

    😀
    David

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      I think you’ll be seeing this in a few years, David. And it’s not pretty. Haha! Thanks. 🙂

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  4. Diti Sen dice:

    This is so funny and so true to life!

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Thank you so much, Diti. It is painfully funny. 🙂

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      1. Diti Sen dice:

        I face a bit of it myself, so can relate completely with it.😊

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  5. BBYCGN dice:

    Right? Love the ending sentence, by the way. 🤣 Sons don’t care about emojis but my young preteen daughter holds a high regard for these significant symbols. Employing the wrong one can make for a disastrous day. Lol.

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Haha! It’s not a pretty sight when the emojis aren’t given the respect they have supposedly earned. I think girls might be a little too sensitive on this subject. Wait till she gets to the teenage years. Just run! 🙂

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      1. BBYCGN dice:

        🏃‍♀️ eeek!

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  6. BBYCGN dice:

    You. Emoji. Murderer. Now I’ve got proof of your fallen ways. I’ve noticed a few misplaced “faces” you’ve left on my site. (LOL.. LOL… JJ). 🤣😂😅

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Lol. You got me, Tamara. I only use one emoji with that smile that I think may mean many things. Yes, I’m guilty…

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      1. BBYCGN dice:

        Haha, it’s all good. 😊

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  7. Haha, so cute. There is definitely a difference in the way a teenager uses an emoji and her MOM!! Loved the story and can relate to it my friend.

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      I wonder when the emoji dictionary was written and who is guarding its sanctity? It’s really something to laugh about, Shobana. 🙂

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      1. Yes, and it gets us all insane at time, lol. Thanks, Terveen.

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  8. haoyando dice:

    That is so true. There are a endless number of emoji to choose from right now and one’s completely clueless on how to choose. I have often wondered about this issue and thank goodness you bring this up. You are so lucky to have an emoji expert by your side, giving you such a good hands-on emoji education. I can almost imagine the perfect picture of you and your daughter. How lovely.

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Thank you so much, Haoyan. Teenagers can be very pushy especially when they don’t agree with you. And the number of emojis keep growing every day. I think they may take over the human race some day if they already haven’t. Haha!

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      1. haoyando dice:

        What a wonderful mom you are. And emojis are like all the new features in a cell phone and in a car–they are very confusing. Every time when I hear a weird sound, I just jump up and don’t know what to do. Too many buttons. I bet you need to go to a four-year university to learn all the emojis and all the new features. I mean the manual can be tens of thousands of pages long.

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  9. tony espino dice:

    Then your reading club wants to know what a unicorn and a wood chipper emoji have to do with Angela’s Ashes. The «emoji killer» sounds like a name the media gives a serial killer. You should embrace it. Leave little dead emojis around the house. Who knows there could be a podcast about you one day.

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      That’s hilarious, Tony. I’m terrible with emojis and barely understand what some of them are used for. I think emojis are just a way of saying something without really saying it. And those dead emojis need to be transferred to the basement before the emoji cops get here. 🙂

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      1. tony espino dice:

        Lol! But what emoji do you use to say you’re dragging dead emojis to the basement?

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      2. Terveen Gill dice:

        HAHA! Even words couldn’t explain that. Shhhh…

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  10. johnlmalone dice:

    hahahaha; enjoyed this; great title; I grant my grandies the upper hand when it comes to techie matters — and they are continually learning — in leaps and bounds while we duck waddle our way through 🙂

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      It’s better to let the younger ones handle certain things. I think we could do a good job too, but that generation gap obnoxiousness has to be put to some use too. Haha! Thanks so much, John! 🙂

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  11. I think this is a curse which the current bunch of parents, especially the less tech-savvy ones have to deal with. As you point out, people like us who have seen the pre-digital era and the digital era know how unfortunate today’s kids are to not have the kind of childhood we had. They may have a lot of exposure to things which we didn’t have back then, but I guess the goods are matched equally by the bads. A thoughtful post expressed with a good sense of humor. Good one Terveen.

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      I agree, Vignesh. The younger generations have no clue about life without devices. I think the thought would horrify them. Well that’s technology conditioning. And it’s only going to get worse. There will be little left to real life and the real world. Virtual existence will be the new norm if it already isn’t. 🙂 (Note my standard emoji) Haha.

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      1. True. They wouldn’t even know that life without digital devices existed once and it felt a lot better 😀

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  12. Jeff Flesch dice:

    Hahaha. Awesome story, Terveen. Reminds me very much of raising two teenage boys….😅😄

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      Thank you so much, Jeff. I’m sure it does. Every parent has experienced this in some way or the other. Kids have a way of rubbing things in. Haha! 🙂

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      1. Jeff Flesch dice:

        You’re most welcome, Terveen. Always. Haha. Yes, they do! 😄😅

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  13. I resisted emojis as long as I could and am only at the point of using them incorrectly. Perhaps they will go away by the time I figure it out.🤡

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    1. Terveen Gill dice:

      I would call that wishful thinking, Geoff. But the feeling is very much mutual. Thank you. 🙂

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