My Facebook Page can be confusing, I know. One minute I’m showing pictures of me lounging in a hammock on a Caribbean beach and, a few hours later, I’m posting an update of me eating sushi in New York City with friends I made during the Clipper Round the World Race…for example.
Even I find it hard to keep track of where I am on my blog, on my Facebook page and on my videos, let alone where I am in real life. Which is why I should be sympathetic when I call my mother and she asks questions like, “Where have you been for the last month?”
“Crossing the Atlantic, Ma.”
“Oh, so where are you now?”
“Oh, so you’re back in the U.S., that’s wonderful!”
“No, not exactly…”
I am nowhere near the U.S. right now, but I have been back to New York to see my mom three times since I sailed to the Caribbean. And each time, she has told me how grateful she is for my YouTube videos because now she can see for herself what I do with my days now that I no longer have a job.
(I don’t have the heart to tell my mother I don’t make the videos for her alone – though I’m grateful they help her understand my crazy life a little more.)
This is what my mother feeds me — I should really visit more often.
The truth is my mother doesn’t care why I create videos for YouTube; she’s just excited she can watch them and show me all the adventures I’ve been having every time I visit her. Yes, you read that correctly – my mom loves to play my videos on her television for me so I can watch the things I’ve done…and made videos of.
It’s kind of cute, actually – it’s like she uses YouTube as a way of connecting with me and showing me all the amazing stuff she loves about the internet…which is basically cats and watching me sail around the world. It would be like J.K. Rowling’s mother insisting on reading aloud all her favorite Harry Potter passages every time she met up with J.K for brunch. Not that I am comparing myself to J.K. Rowling – but you get the idea. It’s weird and adorable.
I should mention here that my mother is Korean and English isn’t her first language so, at times, reading all the words I post here on my blog can be tedious for her.
“Thank God for YouTube!” my mother says when she watches Chase the Story. “It makes me feel like I’m right next to you!”
It’s cute how she has taken on the mission of watching and sharing everything I create on YouTube. That is, until I, personally, am sitting in my mother’s living room, working away on editing a video, and I look up to see my mom is broadcasting a video I made on her Chrome Cast.
“Have you seen this one? With the dolphins?!” She exclaims.
“Yes, mom. I have seen it. I was there. I made it.”
This is adorable of course, but the reality is that my mom is seeing an opportunity to showcase my work to me AND interrupt me every 30 seconds to ask me what is happening on the screen at any given time. It’s both endearing and irritating.
And since I don’t have the wherewithal to video record my mother watching my own YouTube videos while asking me questions about what is happening in my videos, I thought I would share some of the gems my mother is throwing at me while I’m trying to do work in her living room.
- You don’t actually use those things, do you? (Referring to the sails)
- You can’t steer when you’re sailing, can you?
- What kind of fish is that? Mahi Mahi? How do you spell that? (Looks up in Korean dictionary) Do you have another name? It’s not in my dictionary.
- Can you eat that fish?
- WOW, YOU MADE THAT DINNER?! (Referring to footage of us eating in a restaurant. I had to point out that we were not on the boat.)
- What is that you’re pulling on, does that help you sail? (Referring to footage of me reeling in a fish — I had to point out that this particular activity has nothing to do with sailing).
- How did you get that picture of the dolphins under water?
- SHE’S GOING TO THE TOP OF THE BOAT ON A ROPE? THAT’S CRAZY!
- Why is Ryan afraid of horses?
- How do you know these people on your boat?
- Who is that girl?
- Why does that guy talk funny? (Referring to our French crew’s accent).
- Did the bird eat anything?
- That doesn’t look hard. Is he stupid? (Referring to a crew member’s efforts to learn to tie a knot.)
- Can you sail at night?
In light of the fact that I can get nothing done with my mother in the room, I have started to think about the concept of AMA (Ask Me Anything) and wondered if any of you out there might also have questions about my life at sea – what it entails, how we eat, where we go to the bathroom (a common question from children under five) and the complications we experience.
So let this be an opportunity for my mother to open up the table to questions from anyone about how we live our lives at sea and what it is we do with all our time as we sail around the world.
I will be on the move (as usual) for the next few days, but I’d love to read and answer your questions – post your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer!
And, mom, try to not to overload the comments section here…I know it’s hard. So many questions