Let’s face it. Life doesn’t always turn out the way we planned. Breakups, unemployment, and other sudden life changes can leave one stranded. The feelings of uncertainty and helplessness are hard to combat when trying to get back on track.
And sometimes to get where you want to go, you need to move back home. My husband and I are temporarily shacking up with my mom and the experience has been … interesting to say the least. Here are 10 things that happen when you move back in with mom … in GIFs of course!
1. Goodbye Sloppy Habits: To make up for your sloppy teenage years, you prove your maturity by cleaning dishes in the sink and taking out the garbage.
2. Unsolicited Critiques Abound: “Orange? You look so pretty in blue…” and other “well-meaning” comments from mom are best ignored.
3. You’re Suddenly A Technological God: Introducing your mother to better Wifi, On Demand TV, and Netflix blows her mind. “You mean I can watch my stories anytime?!”
4. New TV Habits: All of a sudden you find yourself watching and critiquing the footwork on “Dancing With The Stars.” Both you and Mom agree that Snooki’s jive performance last week was entertaining and sharp.
5. Increased Wine Intake: The only way to watch “Dancing With The Stars” is tipsy and now you have a companion to drink with.
6. Start Buying In Bulk: Why not utilize her Costco membership and buy 600 tampons at a time? That 5-pound wheel of brie is delicious with the wine.
7. Your Closet Is Suddenly Doubled In Size: Vintage jewelry, jackets, belts, and boots are now on loan down the hall. “These shoes? Thanks, they’re vintage Mom.”
8. You Realize You’re Lame: It can be fun to stay at home with mom, but it sucks when she has a more active social life than you. “You’re off to dinner with your book club? But I thought we were going to binge-watch ‘Semi Homemade’!”
9. Home Cooked Meals: When you’re sick, mom makes homemade chicken soup and stocks the apartment with tissues. You’ve never been so well taken care of.
10. Serious Bonding: Although you may drive each other crazy at times, it’s nice to get to know your mother as an adult. Her unconventional wisdom is far more profound and enlightening than you ever would have imagined when you lived lived at home.
Have you ever moved back in with your parents? Have anything to add to the list? Share them in the comments.