I’ll be honest…I’ve had a bit of an issue understanding what a “meme” actually is. Even after I looked it up. According to Dictionary.com, a meme is “a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.” But every time I would refer to something as a meme, my kids would roll their eyes and say, “Mom! That is NOT a meme. Why can’t you GET this?”
Well, get THIS kiddos. Not only do I now get what a meme is, I just learned how to MAKE them. That’s right, me, sole keeper of thousands of your childhood photos, can turn any one of them into an overnight internet sensation at my whim. Well, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but still…I can show them to my nine blog readers.
What prompted this new hobby, you ask? I came across a photo of my nephew that I took years ago, one of my favorites. And it just looked so meme-like. Though my own kids were pretty cute (in my not-so-humble, mom-biased opinion), my nephew was just next-level cute. Here’s what I made…
So I was at the computer with this photo, learning how to use Microsoft Paint to edit, caption it, etc. And my 15 year old walks by and sees my computer screen.
Jack: “What are you doing??”
Me: “I’m making a meme.”
Me: “Because it’s fun. Maybe I’ll quit my job and become a famous meme maker.”
Jack: “Oh my God, are you serious? And I keep telling you, if you really want to be famous, you need to get off Facebook and get on Instagram.”
Me: “That sounds complicated. Leave me alone.”
He then takes a photo of my computer screen and furiously snapchats his sister in college.
Jack: “Mom’s making memes!”
Hannah: “What?! Oh, God, no no no no! You have to stop her.”
Jack: “It’s too late. She learned Paint.”
He then sends THIS to her and to his cousin (the baby in the photo).
A real wise-ass, that son of mine. Check out this one of you, my little darling…
And to my picky eater youngest….
Anyway, you get the point. In fact, you may want to just unfollow me right now, because I could get really annoying, really fast, just memeing you all to death.
I mean, these ARE memes, right? I’m pretty sure they are. Yeah, they totally are. I definitely know what a meme is now…I think. Kids? A little bit of help here? Anyone?