Pro: Free food … I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into the house to my mom saying, “We’re having chicken, what vegetable do you want?” or receiving a text saying “At Subway. What do you want?”
Con: Wake-up calls … I occasionally like to stay up all night and sleep all day. Living alone, you can do that. It’s hard when your mom comes into your room at 3 p.m. asking if you’re going to wake up anytime soon. I guess that could be a pro if you didn’t want to sleep all day.
Pro: Laundry service … Usually when a lady says to you, “Take those pants off,” it leads to a good time. When your mom says it to you, it can be a little awkward… unless she’s doing laundry and you’ve been wearing said pants for three days.
Con: Unsolicited hair advice … I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been told to shave my beard. “You look so much better without it,” she says. Or how many times she has told me, “Try that conditioner in the shower. It’ll really help control that frizz. You might just need to go get a trim.”
Pro: Saving money … The good thing about my mom is that she’s not charging me hundreds of dollars a month to live there, which my landlord had been doing. That’s all part of the plan. Living with her is part of a concerted effort to save money. And it looks like it will be working.
Con: No privacy … One time when I was 21, I was at my mom’s house for a weekend from college. I didn’t expect her back until the next day. I had a lady friend over. My mom unlocked the door and probably noticed all the lights were out and a girl’s purse and shoes in the living room. She nervously called out, “Do you have a friend over?” I couldn’t imagine the awkwardness of that happening at 27.
And that’s life with my mom. If I find any more pros and cons, I’ll let you guys know later.