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    Posted: 28 May 2013 at 4:17am
So everyone has "that awkward moment when" stories.

Today was a pretty weird one for me.

I moved back in with my parents this weekend (because I recently got laid off). I am a 28 year old woman and have lived on my own since I was about 18. So this is kind of a weird adjustment. Apparently my mom still thinks of me as a small child for some reason. I came home today to find all of my stuff organized and put away in it's own little place. OK, fine. Sort of annoying because I like to know where all of my stuff is. But I understand she is just trying to help.

So I start looking around, just to see where all of my stuff is. And I find she has literally organized a random stash of CONDOMS lined up by color and brand! I seriously wanted to die. 
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Originally posted by Puppydogpants Puppydogpants wrote:

So everyone has "that awkward moment when" stories.

Today was a pretty weird one for me.

I moved back in with my parents this weekend (because I recently got laid off). I am a 28 year old woman and have lived on my own since I was about 18. So this is kind of a weird adjustment. Apparently my mom still thinks of me as a small child for some reason. I came home today to find all of my stuff organized and put away in it's own little place. OK, fine. Sort of annoying because I like to know where all of my stuff is. But I understand she is just trying to help.

So I start looking around, just to see where all of my stuff is. And I find she has literally organized a random stash of CONDOMS lined up by color and brand! I seriously wanted to die.


As long as none were missing, no sweat.



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I experienced something similar after I moved to California at the age of 24 and would come home for visits.  If I visited three weeks out of the year, it was as if I was only three weeks older than the last time I visited.  Hell, by the time I was 46, it was as if I was maybe 25 in their eyes.  I still wasn't allowed to use the washer and dryer, or cook a meal.  They thought, even after 22 years, I still couldn't do any of that stuff.  I think they just preferred it that way.  Made them feel younger and still useful, I think.
 
Funny about the condoms.  I'm a guy, and I would've been mortified if my parents found a stash of condoms.  They would've just tossed them, anyway.  Sex is only for marriage.  Hell, when my bro and his fiance would visit them, they had to sleep in separate bedrooms.  LOL
 
 
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I still wasn't allowed to use the washer and dryer, or cook a meal.  They thought, even after 22 years, I still couldn't do any of that stuff.  I think they just preferred it that way.  Made them feel younger and still useful, I think.


No, no, no.... your mother just didn't want you or anyone else messing around in her kitchen or screwing around with the settings on her washing machine.

They're all like that.

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WinkMy best wishes life's upswing rapidly returns for you.
You mother dearly loves you and clearly is trying to totally understand - one may suspect she is even looking for your approval - your "Gee THANKS, MOM! You put the YELLOW before the ORANGE!".
Seriously, she simply MUST be trying to be supportive and positive, thinking "What would *I* require at this age?" - in only the best of ways. As you said, you ARE 28.
But, yea - I bet it does feel awkward. 
As a father, I am just as dumbfounded by what a mother will do to have the family back together - even if it means it occurs due to times of misfortune. MissyDWolf would love our kids to have to move home, but I'd probably end up 'committed'.
 
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Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

I still wasn't allowed to use the washer and dryer, or cook a meal.  They thought, even after 22 years, I still couldn't do any of that stuff.  I think they just preferred it that way.  Made them feel younger and still useful, I think.


No, no, no.... your mother just didn't want you or anyone else messing around in her kitchen or screwing around with the settings on her washing machine.

They're all like that.

 
That could be.  My mother, especially, was pretty obsessed with such things.  Everything had to be exact.  My father wasn't so bad, but when my mother got Alzheimer's and stopped obsessing, my father took up that gauntlet.
 
 
 
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

That could be.  My mother, especially, was pretty obsessed with such things.  Everything had to be exact.  My father wasn't so bad, but when my mother got Alzheimer's and stopped obsessing, my father took up that gauntlet.


I go to my mom's & try to start cooking something & my mom gets all nervous & uncomfortable & watches everything I do then starts fussing at me to leave it alone & she'll do it, etc. etc.

She just knows I'm gonna use something & put it back in the wrong place or break something or not wash it clean enough or I don't really know what.

Same with when I start looking for stuff.

She gets all hyper.



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^  Yup.  That's her turf, not yours. 
 
But now that I think of it, I may be getting that way myself.  When people come over, I'm the one who wants to keep an eye on what they're doing.  And if they need anything, I get it for them.  Hmmmm...
 
 
 
 
 
 
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You're turning into an old lady.

I've never liked people poking around in my stuff though.


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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

 ^  Yup.  That's her turf, not yours. 
 
But now that I think of it, I may be getting that way myself.  When people come over, I'm the one who wants to keep an eye on what they're doing.  And if they need anything, I get it for them.  Hmmmm...
Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

You're turning into an old lady.

I've never liked people poking around in my stuff though.
ShockedConfusedOuchIT HAPPENS! I swear it does.
I'll go there.
Truthfully, if ANY of the kids wanted, or needed to move home, they'd be readily welcomed with open arms and few restrictions...and plenty of whatever they might require, appropriate for their age, I guess.
No matter it is the chance to gather footing, a kick-start, or a re-invention of life, I know I may end up in the 'funny hoiuse', but there is smply no other thing I'd do.
And, yea - because we went through it for a bit once before, ol'Mule's right - a parent CAN get 'curious', but generally shouldn't. May lead to 'unintended bad feelings'...
 
 
  
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Don't know if you meant for us to chime in with our own disgraces but I'm giving you a couple anyway.

When I went home to visit my Mom, she always had to go to Wal-Mart (currently, I haven't been in any Wal-Mart for a dozen years). I was in my 20s & 30s. She couldn't see too well but that didn't matter. She would scream across Wal-Mart to people she thought she knew telling them to come see her "baby". I got where I ducked under the nearest rack or shelf.

My ex-husband would get me in a grocery store or other public place, fart as loud as he could (usually we would be near the end of an aisle, and then he would run so that anyone around thought it was me. Over time I managed to come up with ways to thwart his attempts.

Then there was the time my damn cat, Little sh*t, ran out the front door and I chased him in my bra and panties and the mailman was putting our mail in the box just outside our door

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Originally posted by bwestfall bwestfall wrote:

My ex-husband would get me in a grocery store or other public place, fart as loud as he could (usually we would be near the end of an aisle, and then he would run so that anyone around thought it was me. Over time I managed to come up with ways to thwart his attempts.


Why in God's name are you not still married to this obviously wonderful, impetuous fellow????

He sounds as though he was quite the mischievous scamp!!!



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A girl I used to work with had a summer job that she got through her father.  They worked in the same building (he on the 3rd floor, she on the 7th) and would go in to work together.  Before he got off at the 3rd floor, Dad would let loose a nasty one, and then leave his daughter to take the blame when other people would get onto the elevator.
 
He also bought a small yellow school bus that he used to take his 5 kids to school.  He'd also make them wear helmets on the bus.  Then, for maximum impact, he'd drop them off right at the front of the school.
 
I never met the guy, but I like him.  If I had kids, this is probably the sort of father I'd be.
 
 
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At least your mom only found condoms. When I moved out with my husband the second time I left a lot of my stuff, since I was only moving an hour away and the stuff I left wasn't incredibly important. Mom was hell bent on making my room into her room so she didn't really wait for me to get all my crap cleaned out of my old room. Mom found my "fun" drawer, then totally tried to act like she hadn't seen anything. Like she would go out of her way to point out she totally didn't open any of my dresser drawers. Wacko Riiiiight mom.

I think it's just some sort of odd habit because I also didn't bother cleaning out the fun drawer when I lived in Florida and moved back. Gotta imagine the people we rented from threw our old furniture out and had something fun roll out of a drawer. Meanwhile I was hours out before I realized what I left. Oh well, gotta imagine someone got a good laugh out of it.


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Originally posted by Hezadancer Hezadancer wrote:

At least your mom only found condoms. When I moved out with my husband the second time I left a lot of my stuff, since I was only moving an hour away and the stuff I left wasn't incredibly important. Mom was hell bent on making my room into her room so she didn't really wait for me to get all my crap cleaned out of my old room. Mom found my "fun" drawer, then totally tried to act like she hadn't seen anything. Like she would go out of her way to point out she totally didn't open any of my dresser drawers.

Wacko Riiiiight mom.


What really woulda been embarrassing for you, is if what she found had a head on each end.


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