Listen to this hilarious tale of parental miscommunication in this week’s edition of MOTH Monday, a partnership with Good News Network that features inspiring videos from The MOTH, a nonprofit group showcasing the art of storytelling.

Adam Gopnik has always maintained a close relationship with his son Luke—so when the moody youngster suddenly preferred communicating with his father over instant messaging, Adam was more than happy to oblige.

As they chatted over the internet, Adam found himself learning about all of the modern text abbreviations that his son would use, such as “brb”, “g2g”, and his favorite, “lol”.

Adam assumed that his son was responding to all of his parental advice with “lol” because it was the abbreviation for “lots of love”. Adam then became so taken by the affectionate term, he began using it to express his love to his family, friends, and co-workers as well.

After six months of texting “lol” to all of his contacts, Luke and Adam finally realized that they had been having a miscommunication—and the results of their discovery were just as amusing as they were heartwarming.

(LISTEN to Adam perform the live storytelling below)

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