I used to think that single, adult daughters who lived with their single moms (divorced or widowed) were a sad lot. But I had an epiphany today: If mom and daughter enjoy each other’s company, and respect each others’s space, why not be roommates?
Of course, lots of moms and daughters like to spend time together, but wouldn’t survive a week living under one roof because their lifestyles are wildly different. Daughter likes the TV or radio on all the time; mom wants quiet. Mom leaves dishes in the sink, crumbs on the counter and clothes on the sofa; daughter is obsessive compulsive about order.
Not all single women want to live alone, even if they have great careers and loads of friends. Living with their mothers could be a fine alternative to living with friends.
My “maiden” aunt Sylvia lived with her mother (my grandmother) until grandma died. Back in the day, most single women were expected to live at home. Today, they’d feel demoralized to stay with their moms. But when they marry and become moms themselves, they’re usually thrilled if mom moves in to help.