The secret language of tweens
Olivia and I were in a jewelry store for kids and teens. The clerk immediately informed us of some special promotion: buy two, get one free- though certain hot-selling items did not count towards that promo.
“No Pusheen, Shopkins, Surprise Packs, and JoJo Siwa bows,” listed the staffer. The whole list ran right over my head the way Awren sounds when she lets loose with her Elven language in the Hobbit.
I asked her to repeat it twice. I only understood half of that. I stumbled across Pusheen myself on the Internet before, and Olivia liked Shopkins for a short phase. The rest, I don’t know.
Now, I could make out the words “Surprise Packs,” though I don’t know that specific product. But that last one sounded like “jojosewa bowls” to me, and I was a total black hole of information on that one.
What the heck is that??? Is it a decorated bowl, like for food or jewelry? What is that first word? What’s a jojosewa?
Finally, I just asked Olivia, “Did you get all that?” She nodded.
For some reason, I couldn’t let it go. When we got to the cash wrap, I asked the clerk again, “What was that last thing?”
Jojosewa bowls, she said, and pointed to a corner that did nothing to elucidate the confusion. We did this another couple of times. It was Groundhog Day.
I took a different tack. “Is it a bowl?”
“Yes, it’s a bow,” she confirmed. Darn English and its silent Ls.
“What’s a jojosewa?” I persisted.
“JoJo. Siwa,” she returned.
“Is that a person?” I asked.
“It’s a girl. A dancer,” she patiently replied.
“Ohh! So her name is JoJo something?” I said, finally solving the mystery.
We went through another minute of her trying to spell the last name for me, because it would help me pronounce it better. This poor clerk.
I’m so out of it, at least in the pop culture of pre-teens. See, if someone had said, “Jennifer Lopez surprise packs,” I could have extrapolated that J-Lo is hawking something, but I had never heard the name JoJo Siwa before.
In the end, I had to laugh, because it took me ten minutes to understand something that my daughter comprehended immediately. It’s the world of tweens, don’t you know? Obviously, I do not.