Sometimes they let the mask slip. Richard Mayhew at Buffoon Juice:
I love my parents. One of the smartest and best things that I did for my relationship with them was moving six hundred miles away for college as I was a complete snot as a teenager. The distance allowed me to be less of an idiot while growing up without having them as a locally convenient authority figure to mindlessly but loudly rebel against.
One of my great pleasures as a parent is seeing my parents be grandparents. My mom tried to go bowling with the grand kids a few weeks ago. My dad spent most of a morning helping my son build a model so that it fly around the kitchen and living room while they tried to rescue stuffed animals and plastic figures. I laugh when I see my kids do something that harkens back to the grandparents’ curse — “May your children be just like you”. I look forward to calling home and telling my mom about what her granddaughter just did as I wait to hear her laugh at and with me.
I want them to visit. I want them to spend a week or two. I want them to be a part of my life and my kids’ lives. I want them to introduce the idea that ice cream can be dinner when it is Grandma’s Rules.
I also don’t want them to live with us as they age.
This I think is powerful messaging as to why the defined benefit nature of Social Security and Medicare need to be kept. I’m not a marketing person, but I think this is a valuable element.
What a nice guy. I’m gonna take a wild guess and say that his parents don’t want to live with him either. They were probably relieved when he moved out. I bet they sold his furniture and converted his bedroom into something else so he couldn’t move back in.
In a perfect world all adults would be financially independent. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. In Prog World, the government picks up the slack. In Prog World the government can give out lots of goodies because there is no math. Nothing has to be paid for because they just tax the rich.
In the real world our country is $20 TRILLION in debt. I really don’t think it’s fair to make Mr. Mayhew’s children pay the cost of supporting his parents.