Friday, June 29, 2007

Momma's Girls

You know those people who say things like, "my mom is so great, she is my best friend?"

Well, I hate those people. Are they really serious? Or too lame to have real friends?

That is why this NY Times article almost made me throw up. Am I sensitive or is there something really wrong with calling your mother 4 times a day. . . when you're 30 years old?

Yes, I'm sure there's something to be said for open communication, but do you get the feeling that our generation (those of us in our 20's and early 30's) refuse to grow up and there's someting inherently unhealthy about that? I mean, how many people do you know who've lived at their parents house (sometimes on numerous occasions) after their college years, or use their parent's credit card for groceries every once in a while? Okay, maybe that's just me. But do you think Mom and Dad were fucking around thinking about going to grad school on their parent's dime when they were 26? Hell no, they were taking care of their three kids and putting money into their 401K.

I think those of us who have a ton of support from the parents into our early adulthood are lucky, and I'm happy to have a lot more opportunities available to me than my mother had. But I can't escape the feeling that I'm getting away with something I shouldn't. And it certainly doesn't keep me from hating those losers that call up their mom every time they produce a successful bowel movement.


M. Alice said...

i deal with my parents as little as possible. i try to return their phone calls as a common courtesy -- so they know i'm not dead -- but even that feels a bit much at times.

MCW said...

Alice, that post made me laugh. I consider myself healthy in that I call my parents about once every two weeks or more if the occasion requires it. It seems more healthy for both parties. Parents are natural worriers, so if you call them everyday they will become worried about your problems needlessly.
Some people I know call their parents like 4 or 5 times a day. It seems very unhealthy. Both parties have dependence issues and need to let go.
I have three words for people like this.
"Cut the cord!"

Leslie said...

yeah, the gilmore girls isn't reality, but i find people i've known who call their rents several times a day don't have the "young hip mom" i don;t really know what to say about that.

Dispatches From The Burbs. said...

Hey, loving this blog! Keep it up!

Our generation seems to be more interested in joining our children's lives rather than be the parent. Why is that???

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