The 5 Phases Of Moving Back In With Your Parents
College is one of the only times it’s acceptable to hate summer.
1. Mind Numbing Boredom
As college wears on, more and more friends will be spending their summers at internships and on volunteer trips. That leaves you stuck at home with fewer social prospects than ever. Side effects of this phase include, but are not limited to: excessive binge watching of TLC marathons and/or crime shows, the start and ultimate abandonment of new hobbies like knitting or cake decorating, shame sing-alongs to High School Musical, inadvertent obsession with beauty YouTube tutorials.
At some (very brief but albeit important) point, you’ll secretly love having your mom do your laundry and not having to pay for gas or rent. Your bank account is almost as full as the fridge is full of snacks, both of which are miraculous.
It’s only a matter of time before cohabitation with your parents begins to irk you–– there’s a reason people usually leave the nest after 18. Why does your dad have to monopolize the living room TV with golf shows? Why does your mom care if you make your bed?
This is the part where you convince yourself that your social life doesn’t have to suffer just because you’re living with mom and dad. This phase results in a lot of unfortunate hangovers where your mom wakes you up at 7 AM to see if you want to go grocery shopping with her. And the ever-awkward “I can’t really bring a romantic interest back to my parent’s house” dilemma.
At some point, you’ll give up, drink a lot of wine, and start counting the days until you move back out. Everything is temporary, right?