The Benefits To Moving Out

Girl texts while standing against a full van ready for collegeShe sat across the table from her friend whom she was catching up with after a few months.

“So I’m looking at apartments and I think I found the one I want. My roommate is just being a little difficult,” she said. “And I have to tell my mom and I’m dreading it. I already know what she’s going to say.”

It doesn’t matter whether we’re Latinos in 2013 or 1980, the feeling is typically the same; the thought of telling your parents you want to move out is dreadful. If you’re  a young woman, moving out doesn’t typically happen until you are married or just about there. Although it may be more acceptable for men to move out of their parent’s house, the mother’s desire to keep her children all under one roof is strong and commonly found in Latino families.

In order to dodge the questions coming at you, the thought process and questions simmer in your mind days and possibly even weeks before you break the news.

“¿Ya no nos quieres?” your mother asks with those eyes. The guilt trip is coming.