Shouldn't I be doing the happy dance of joy that they have returned to the nest? I suppose that would be possible if they didn't revert back to their childhood AS SOON AS THEY WALK THROUGH THE DOOR.
Ok, I'm exaggerating. In reality, it does take about one week for this to happen. But be forewarned people. It DOES happen.
Apparently, there is a title for grown kids moving back in with their parents.
AND, there are books about it:
Which I am thinking of reading since I'm sure it will provide hours of humor (frankly, I could use the laughter.) Because, let's face it, people who write these sorts of books are usually not experienced in that particular aspect of life.
Getting ready for a returning kid is a pain too. I took months to turn one of their previous bedrooms into a craft/office/study space for myself. All mine. All to myself. All others keep the hell out. Now, it's gone.
10 Signs Your Nest is No Longer Empty:
- Every time you turn around you hear, "Mom?" Which is immediately followed by, "Can I..?" or "Do you know...?" or "Have you seen...?" or "Would you mind...?"
- The sink, no matter how many times you wash those dishes, is never empty. NEVER. Although it's never as full as it could be since most of your bowls and eating utensils mysteriously disappear. I still have no idea where my spoons went.
- There are always clothes in the washer or dryer. And they're never yours.
- You wonder if your all-grown-up-children are deaf because the volume on the television is never below WTF! level. Which is about 10 places above the WTH! level.
- Your favorite room in the house becomes your bedroom. With the door closed. And locked. Where you feign sleep so you don't have to answer questions or listen to commentary from an all knowing twenty something year old.
- Nothing on the television is less than completely stupid. Or monotonous. Or stupid. Wait, did I mention stupid?
- You are caught up on all the current young adult lingo. Which makes you seem over-the-top cool with your elementary students.
- There is fast food debris everywhere in the car and the house.
- You hear, "What's for dinner?" every day. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
- You become grateful that you are overweight which limits what they can borrow from you. The things they can and do borrow? Don't expect to see those items again. Ever. And technology related items? Hide them. Hide them well. And, had I thought to hide the remote control, my hearing wouldn't be suffering.