Finding this out yesterday was a total surprise. I was doing a search on her in order to decide some things about how I want to update her art blog...
Let me back up here a minute and explain: my mom did not set up the art blog, nor does she know much about it. I set it up for her, when she started painting again after many years, and was considering showing her work to galleries and/or selling it. I think she's only looked at it a couple times. It's also due for an update, which will happen after next weekend, when I visit her to photograph her new works and help her hang them in her first show. Go, Ma Nator! I'm proud of her.
Anyway, long story short, during the search I found that my mother came up in some videos on YouTube. It turns out that she appeared in some short videos the massage school she works at produced, and the videos were posted on YouTube to educate viewers and promote the school.*
Once I got over the shock at seeing my mom on the Intertubes, I called her up.
DN: "Mom! I didn't know you were on YouTube!"
MN: "I am?" (Well, this sounds more like her.)
DN: "Um, yeah. I saw you in those massage videos..."
MN: "Oh, yes. I knew we made the videos, but I forgot they put them on YouTube. How did you find them?"
DN: (Still surprised that she even knows what YouTube is,) "Completely by accident. It's a great video."
MN: "Oh, thank you - I'm told I have thousands of hits!" (Here we both giggle, somewhat incredulously.)
DN: "Yeah, and you have lots of great comments, too. Everyone says your voice is very soothing."
MN: (Chuckles) Really? Well, I have been told that before. I'll have to remember to go check it out, sometime. I've never looked at YouTube before." (Now that sounds more like the Ma Nator I know.)
So, now I have to adjust to a world where, although my mother still hasn't ever actually seen YouTube, she not only knows (sort of) what it is, but is becoming something of a CeWebrity. Now if only I can track down and beat those assholes who are commenting that they want her to give them a blowjob...
*I'm neither going to bore you nor threaten my usual semi-kinda-anonymity on this blog by posting the videos she's in, but if you really want to, you can see one of them here.