The other day, I had lunch with my grandfather.
“Amy, I got the strangest call today. A young girl called my phone and when I answered she said, ‘Oh I’m sorry, I have the wrong number. I thought I was calling the Internet.’ Is that how you do it?”
“No, Papa. That is not how you get on the Internet. She couldn’t have been that young if she thought that.”
“No, no! She was a young girl!”
To be fair, everyone is young (comparatively speaking) when you’re approaching 92 years old, but his story did give me quite a chuckle. And when I was scrolling through Twitter today, I thought of him and his “young girl” when I saw this tweet from Her Majesty herself, Queen Elizabeth II.
Which was quickly followed by this one:
Because, you know, signing her first tweet “Elizabeth R.” wasn’t clear enough. She needed to really drive it home that she, the Queen herself, wrote that tweet to thank you for all your kind “digital messages.” Just like your Aunt May does when she writes on your Facebook wall like she’s writing you a hand-written letter in 1982. (AMY I SIGNED ONTO THE INTERNET TO WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY. PLEASE TELL YOUR MOTHER TO CALL ME I CANT FIND HER ON THE INTERNET. I HAVE SOME MAGAZINES I THINK SHE WOULD LIKE AND I NEED A RIDE TO THE DOCTOR ON SATURDAY. ALL MY LOVE, AUNT MAY.)
Today, in my mind at least, Queen Elizabeth isn’t Her Majesty, the Queen. No, today she is solidly “Gan-Gan” in my mind — the tiny but adorable grandmother to eight and great-grandmother to four who loves her corgis, brightly colored hats, and Werther’s candies (I would imagine).
Don’t believe me? There’s photographic evidence!
If you ignore the fact that she’s seated amongst the golden splendor of Windsor Castle, she’s basically your grandmother — complete with one-fingered typing and a delightfully sincere, yet slightly confused, look upon her face.
I can’t. This is just too cute. The Internet can call back another day because today, it doesn’t get much better than this.More On