J is for Jack

In my never-ending quest to be The Galaxy’s Most Awesome Mom and Coolest Chick Ever, I am continually adding tools (and outlining the good ones so I know where they go) to my parental and personal mental pegboards. I have found that one of the most important of these tools is communication. And like any good tool, it must be honed and cleaned and kept in good working order so that it is available for use when needed, usually without any prior notice at all. That’s the “official” reason I try to keep up with the vernacular of the younger generations. The real reason is because I fully intend to embarrass my children when they’re teenagers by being that woman from the movie “Airplane” who offers to act as a “Jive translator” for the flight attendant.

With this in mind, I offer the word “Jack” as a synonym for “steal.” For example, you might say to your co-worker, “I saw you jack that box of pens.” Or when you’re at a movie with a date, you might try to jack a kiss. When one of your friends has a particularly good Facebook Status, you might comment, “lol! I’m going to jack that! Thanks!” You get the picture.

And as a contender for The Galaxy’s Most Awesome Mom and Coolest Chick Ever, I say don’t learn from your own mistakes – learn from the mistakes made by others first. Jack the good information for yourself and trash the rest. Jack what works and get rid of what doesn’t. Don’t waste your time re-inventing the wheel – learn from the mistakes of those who have already paved the way. And, hey, gimme one of those pens you jacked.

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