It's an elusive thing we all dream about as kids. We look forward to the freedom, the excitement and the opportunities.
Then, one day, I woke up and realized that, as a 27-year-old, I still had to tell my mom when I was going out.
If your mother displays four or more of the following symptoms, the odds are you may be dealing with a species that is hard to tame: a mom in denial.
Don’t kid yourself.
The “extra love” she shows you is nothing but a façade.
It's a mask covering her true, underlying, insidious belief.
She thinks you're still a dependent child. You’re her child.
There are various signs your mom has not accepted you have transitioned into adulthood.
Here are the most tell-tale ones:
1. Your phone must be glued to you.
Like, all the time. Do you want your mother to die from cardiac arrest because you had your phone on silent?
Or worse, do you want to experience that mini heart attack after seeing five missed calls from mother dearest?
No, I didn’t think so.
You are now a slave to your phone. At an important meeting with a potential employer? Phone stays on.
Welcome to life as an adult-baby.
2. You actually want to do adult things, like chores, but you can't.
She still insists you're "too young."
3. She has to know all your friends.
Going to a party at your friend’s boyfriend’s cousin’s house?
Better prep mom in advance for that one.
4. Any discussion about moving to a different city or country automatically puts her in “why do you do this to me?” mode.
Tip toe, my friend. Tip toe.
5. She still refers to you as “my baby.”
She will accompany you to every doctor appointment, dentist appointment and university appointment.
Actually, she will accompany you to anything ending in the word "appointment."
She will be there, and she will be describing your issue for you.
“Wait, mom, it’s not a cold. I need an updated vaccine.”
If you do something she finds cute, may the force be with you.
The baby talk has begun, and there is no telling when it will end.
6. Haha, dating.
You better be Prince Charming.
Otherwise, mom will have her “intuition” about you, and hate you from day one.
Pray you never fail to hold the door open for her princess.
Casual dating is not a thing this kind of mom can handle.
7. You will always have someone who cares about you more than you care about yourself.
You don’t particularly mind starving due to one night of no groceries, but mom would never be able to live with herself if that happened.
To be honest, it’s kind of wonderful to know there will always be someone who would drop anything and everything to be there for you, no questions asked.
Now that, my friends, is what we call unconditional love.
But mom, we’ve grown up now.
It’s time to cancel your registry on Babies“R”Us.