Saturday, October 11, 2008

13 reasons you can't go home again

1. A parent wakes you up at 9:30 am on a Saturday because "it's getting really late."

2. The appliances are in completely different places than in your kitchen.

3. The tap water tastes gross now, and there's no Brita filter in sight.

4. You're third in line for a shower.

5. Your bedroom walls are bare, save for the cheesy kid art you chose not to take with you in the move. (And god, that wall color ... what were you thinking ...)

6. You are dependent on the kindness of car loans to get anywhere of note.

7. All the friends you want to visit who live here have regular, ongoing lives of their own ... and you're not a part of that anymore.

8. No roommates.

9. You spend every minute visiting, whereas once you simply lived there.

10. TV channels have the gall to be numbered differently. Worse, there's no DVR.

11. You feel like you're interrupting someone's comfortable routine.

12. Your mother will never admit this, but she's moved on since you moved out. So now, you have to carve out a space for yourself, instead of occupying the one you thought you'd always have.

13. It forces you to admit you're a grown-up.


  1. Anonymous2:59 PM

    "Reasons you can go home again if you want"
    I have moved on, a fact which I readily admit (a survival tactic), BUT I love when you are here and you never feel like a visitor to me. You can borrow whatever you need, we can repaint the bedroom, you can get showered first (if you get up early enough!), you can drink bottled water, we don't really waste our precious time together watching TV so channel identification be damned, you don't interrupt my routine at all (except maybe showering), and I love you. I can't do anything about the "grown-up" part. My job was just to get you started.
    Love and hugs, Mom

  2. Anonymous8:56 PM

    You can visit an old friend where things haven't changed hardly at all! Even though they've been used and laundered, the towels still hang the same. The dogs will be first to greet you. Grady's, the vender of the best FRIED seafood in the panhandle is still going. You will feel at home immediately. You may plan your own schedule!!!!

  3. Julia,

    Really enjoyed meeting you at BlogHer DC... and love your list! Spot on.


  4. You forgot to mention the best parts about going home...there is always fresh lunchmeat in the fridge, the laundry always smells so fresh, and your mom is there.