Pros and Cons to be Stranded with your Adult Child

I’m still stuck in Montevallo until this afternoon when the roads will hopefully be clear as I travel North. This has been a rejuvenating trip as I’ve not spent this much quality time with my kid in a very long time. It was much needed and I am so glad I opted to come early and get stuck here instead of canceling the trip all together.

BUT. There are pros AND cons…and here they are:

PRO

You get to hear stories from the ins and outs of their daily life as you go about general daily activities. When they come in to town to visit YOU, the environment triggers for those stories are not there.

CON

You then tell your OWN stories of the ins and outs of YOUR daily life and you realize your daily life is boring and uneventful.

PRO

They can take you to some of their favorite places. This makes you feel really good when it’s something like a hike to a waterfall which is EXACTLY the kind of place you love too.

CON

Then you slip and fall and your kid mentally cancels any planned future outings of the same vein because NO CHILD wants to carry his mother out from the woods when she falls off of a cliff.

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PRO

You get to learn about their domestic habits, what foods they eat and cook as an adults. This is an interesting facet of having an adult child because they are in charge of their own grocery shopping so you find out what they actually like (or probably: CAN AFFORD) to eat when they’re making the choices and not you.

CON

You find out THEY DO NOT DRINK COFFEE. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SURVIVE WITHOUT COFFEE????

PRO

You can be cool and bring your locally brewed beer because college kids can’t afford such extravagances so you are way classier in his environment than in your own.

CON

You discover that since college kids drink cheap beer, THEY HAVE NO NEED FOR A BOTTLE OPENER. So! You have to google how to open a beer with a pair of scissors and pray you don’t lose a finger or a hand in a craft-beer related incident.

PRO

You get to feel the euphoria of buying your kid their first bottle opener. Also? A garbage can. ONLY ANIMALS LIVE WITHOUT GARBAGE CANS, CHILD.

CON

You feel sad you can’t afford to buy him other things it would be nice for him to have. LIKE A COFFEE MAKER.

PRO

You get to end every day watching Friends with him and laughing about episodes you’ve both seen 50 times.

CON

You then have to sleep on his loveseat and you are old your body may never be the same.

All in all? A perfect trip. When’s the next ice storm coming?

6 Comments

  • Kelly

    I love this! My son (same age as E!) is at school in Syracuse, NY (land of endless winter) and we went up to visit a couple of weeks and got stranded IN HIS APARTMENT! We couldn’t go anywhere, the roads were just terrible. Biggest con of this trip – he had No. Beer. What kind of college kid has no beer in his apartment? LOL.

  • junkie

    oh, i’m SO jealous, girl!!! i was hoping to make it to A in chicago for her spring break, but then she decided she wanted to come home for it. i really cannot wait, and we totally have fun stuff planned (already have our tickets to a concert & comic-con!) that cant’ get here soon enough so this is NOT a complaint comment by any means!

    HOWEVER, i do feel like i’m missing out by not getting to see her in HER environment. i know i’d enjoy the hell out of it!!!

    yay for you! love to you and E!!!

  • Fraulein N

    Sounds like a fun visit. I love this list. Also, the fact that you refer to him as your adult child, because I am pretty sure my mother does not think of me that way yet.

    I am 34, for the record.