Moms! They’re the best, but they’re also, like, so embarrassing. (I know this for a fact because not only do I have a mom, but also I am a mom, and I do embarrassing stuff all the time.) What kind of embarrassing stuff do moms do? Oh, I don’t know, maybe they call you by the secret nickname they have for you in front of all your friends whom you desperately want to impress, or maybe they pack you notes in your lunch box about how much they love you and are proud of you and some jerk who clearly has a mom who hates him steals that note and makes fun of you for… what? Being loved? Ugh. Kids are the worst. Or maybe your mom does this thing where she tweets out a photo of you holding up a sweatshirt from the college that you’re going to attend this fall to all her 23k+ twitter followers. Yeah, maybe that.
Or anyway, that’s what First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray did this morning, when she tweeted that her son Dante would be attending Yale this fall. (#Bulldogs2019) It’s the most mom tweet ever—Dante is a perfect mixture of proud, happy, and bashful as he holds that sweatshirt, and you just know Chirlane is bursting with pride as she forces him to pose for the photo as he stands, backpack straps on his shoulders, eager to get out the door of Gracie Mansion and over to Brooklyn Tech, so he can talk with all his friends about where they got in and where he got in and oh it’s all just so exciting.
But back to Chirlane, and back to moms: There comes a time in everyone’s life when they realize that all the embarrassing and annoying stuff their mothers do comes from a place of love and pride and recognition of the fact that all the hard work and time and care they invested in our upbringings paid off, because we’re succeeding on our own terms and building our own lives based at least in part on the foundations which they provided. And so maybe to express that, our moms do something like send out tweets about where we’re going to college or (more likely because, after all, this is the most most mom form of social media) post a Facebook status update about it. And it might feel embarrassing, and we might cringe and sigh, “Mooooom.” But it’s also pretty great. Long live mom-twitter.
— Chirlane McCray (@Chirlane) April 29, 2015