I Tried Explaining 11 Memes To My Parents And Here's What They Said

I Tried Explaining 11 Memes To My Parents And Here's What They Said

"That's how I feel about some people."

Let's admit it, parents are not always up to date on the internet memes. In fact, some of them are so far behind, it takes at least an hour to explain everything. After trying to explain memes to my parents, I decided to get their take on what memes mean.

1. Harambe, rest in peace

Dad: "How is this a me-me?"

Mom: "Isn't this the gorilla that died because he held a kid hostage?"

Me: "Rest in peace, Harambe."

2. Bad Luck Brian, the meme that started it all

Dad: "So.... you put words up his head and at his chest?"

Mom: "I don't get it."

3. Blinking Eye Guy

Me: "Alright, this dude is in disbelief"

Dad: "This is how I look at you, sometimes."

Mom: "That's dumb."

4. Grumpy Cat, the meme that represents many people

Dad: "That's how I feel about some people."

Mom: "That's not nice."

5. Gavin Mastodon, the greatest meme ever

Me: "This kid changed the internet."

Dad: "This kid is a me-me, too?"

Mom: "How is this a meme?"

6. Chrissy Teigen, cry face

Dad: "She looks like she's holding in a poop."

Mom: "How is this funny?"

7. Left Shark, Right Shark was lame

Dad: "Does it not know what to do? Does it have a messed up life like you?"

Mom: "I don't understand any of this."

8. Arthur's Fist, describe your anger with a cartoon

Dad: "This is like you when someone eats your leftovers."

Mom: "Me-mes are weird."

9. Evil Kermit, this is not for children

Dad: "I don't remember this."

Mom: "What would you use this for?"

10. Salt Bae, for the salty people

Dad: "Am I lame if I don't season meat like that?"

Mom: "I don't understand this either."

11. Tide Pods, kids are not the brightest

Dad: "Wait, kids are eating these?!"

Mom: "They think these look tasty??!!"

My parents' reaction to memes, or as they call them, me-mes, was hilarious. I showed them numerous tweets of memes, and yet they still couldn't quite comprehend what our iconic memes really mean.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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Forever Is In 'BFF,' But Now That's Just How Long It's Been Since You Considered Me Yours

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you, and I hope you think of me, too.


Growing up, whenever I thought about my future, I always pictured you right there alongside me. In fact, not only did I picture you as a part of my future but a part of my family as well. And, here we are farther apart then we've ever been before.

Your birthday has just passed. We always celebrated our birthdays together. Now you celebrate them with him. I wanted to text you, but I just couldn't do it. I'm still so mad at you. You were too quick to replace me with him, and I'll never understand why. We both agreed friendship was a two-way street and we were going to make an effort to keep our friendship alive. I think the saddest part is that you just gave up somewhere along the way. You were content with the person you had in your life. You were perfectly fine with removing me altogether. And, I'll always struggle to forgive you for that.

From time to time, I often wonder what my life would be like if you were still a part of it.

A part of me knows I'm better off without you. You were always trying to find ways to drag me down in order to make yourself feel better, but, for some reason, I still feel lost without you. The simplest and littlest things remind me of you and make me wonder if you think of me too. I hope you do.

Even after all that's happened I still wish the very best for you. I hope you are doing well. I hope you are enjoying school and excelling in all your classes just like you always did. I hope you graduate college and continue to chase your dreams of becoming a teacher. I also hope your family is happy and healthy. They deserve nothing, but the best. And most of all I hope he still makes you happy and treats you right. I hope you love him with your whole heart and never want to let him go because after all, you let him replace me.

I'm so disappointed in you for so easily walking out of my life, but at the end of the day, you are still so important to me, I mean we've been through too much for you not to be. At the end of the day even though you aren't a part of my life physically; you are still a part of my life through all the things we loved and all the times we've shared. I promised you that I'd love you no matter what happened and I truly meant that because even now I still love you and always will.

If there is anything I want you to take from this, it's that even after all that's happened between us there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you and I hope you think of me too.

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