Kids and virtual friendships

Here is proof that I put my week-long depression behind me with a recent selfie taken this morning. See? I’m upright, showered, dressed, awake.. πŸ™„

Does this look like a person who has not eaten any chocolate today?? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜›

Never mind. Let’s talk about something else… 😎

My 12 year old informed me a couple of days ago that her friend from the next town over is coming by to drop off pasta.

Whaaa ??? 😳

We have enough pasta in this house to last us at least another two weeks. πŸ˜„

“But mom, we don’t have Annie’s,” she said.


Annie’s boxed macaroni and cheese is similar to Kraft Dinner minus the icky-fake orange colour and all the salt and additives.

Or something.

Also, we (still) have two boxes of Annie’s so I don’t know what she’s talking about.

But of course I didn’t tell them they couldn’t “meet”.

It was kind of fun, but also a little heart-breaking.

The friend’s dad drove her over and I saw the girl come up the steps to the front door.

She and my daughter talked through the glass window of the screen door.


But later, they cooked their boxed pasta together. I walked by a couple of times as they timed their meal-making adventure on whatever app they were using. The set-up is quite ingenious:

Her phone was propped up against the coffee canister next to the stove. The screen on her phone was divided into two – top half was her friend, bottom half was my kid.

They talked to each other and timed themselves to simultaneously do the same activity. Something like this:

“Ok, so the pot is full of water, I’m going to turn it on high in 20 seconds. Are you ready?”

“Yes. Wait! Did you add salt to the water?”

“Now I did.”

“Ok, so now we can turn on the stove to high. Let me know when your water boils an we’ll add the pasta in together.”


They cooked their pasta, made their cheese sauce, then ate their creation together, all the while watching (and talking) on their devices with each other.

In the end, neither kid reminded the other that clean-up was part of cooking. πŸ™„

30 thoughts on “Kids and virtual friendships

  1. I hate to say it, but that icky fake orange color and all those additives are what makes Kraft so good! We once had a blind boxed mac ‘n cheese taste test for a food blog I had, and my daughter and I chose Trader Joe’s as our top pick while Tara picked Kraft. Tellingly, Annie’s finished dead last amongst all of us!


  2. Too funny about the washing up – I keep debating with myself about making a 6ft tall sign, pointing at the dishwasher, saying “THIS IS A DISHWASHER”…

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  3. So sweet. Funnily enough my daughter (who’s 24 so a bit older than yours πŸ˜‰) was doing exactly this with a friend in the USA last night only they made roulade rather than pasta. It’s amazing the ways we dream up to connect on lockdown.

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    1. This is a girl she has known since Kindergarten. They have regular sleepovers. It’s hard to watch them be apart, but the apps certainly do help. I love how creative they are together. The friend’s dad is an artist!

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