Entries in family (7)
As a two-time veteran of getting stuck at your parents' house even though you're an adult who's lived on their own for years, I decided to give some tips to the readers at Clutch Magazine Online. Namely, set some boundaries if you don't want to have the weird, slightly co-dependent relationship I have with my own mother.
Here's a snippet:
Speaking of 2007, that was when I made my first return to the homestead after I left a job as a newspaper reporter to get my head, life, and career back together while not having to worry about rent. I can’t say I handled my first trip back to the basement all that well, considering I was severely ill at the time, battling Bipolar Disorder and was extremely depressed. I was largely unpleasant to be around and mostly wanted to disappear into the concrete beneath my basement, bedroom floor. But since my slightly older-than-most-Boomer parents are really more like Depression Era survivors, with their fiscal nature and love of saving, I received less grief about my finances and more grief about being an adult my mother still saw as her child.
Nothing like being suddenly informed you have a curfew at 30 years old.
For Clutch Magazine Online I tackle the on-going saga of Michael Jackson's family as they may (or may not) have hijacked their own mother, Katherine Jackson, in a bid to get better control over their dead brother's estate. But it's not just families who have millions at stake who go nuclear. It happens to regular broke folk like ourselves where long simmering hurts and fractures in our families rear their heads in the worst ways once grandma kicks it and a knife fight breaks out over $10,000.