So this morning, I googled: “lost sense of humor”.

I came across a very uplifting and encouraging article about how I’m probably in the throes of depression or have a serious psychological disorder that needs medical attention. I don’t think that’s very funny.

So they could be on to something.

I had a few insights I was going to share about the last three months of living with my mom, but since we’re still here and she’s buying the groceries, I should probably wait until we get home before I talk about some of these things. I mean, we have to eat.

Instead, I’ll share a Top Ten list of reasons why you should never move back in with your parents (even if you are the one trying to help them):

Top Ten Reasons You Should Never Move Back in With Your Parents as an Adult:

  1. Every single pile of crap in the house will get blamed on your puppy, never mind the fact that another bladder-challenged dog lives in the house.
  2. You’ll have to listen to the virtues of how important it is to potty train whilst scraping crap off the wheels of her motorized wheelchair and cleaning up the mile-long trail of smeared turds that she left before she noticed she had driven through it in the first place.
  3. Your kids need their own space – a place away from critical eyes and opinions that would never be shared if you weren’t living with parents.
  4. Because old people can’t eat food unless it’s going to burn the fake skin off the roof of their dentures, and that requires reheating everything they eatΒ  multiple times during one meal.
  5. You will never pour a cup of coffee and make it to your chair without having a parent finish their first cup and ask forΒ  a refill, which means standing at the microwave for two minutes to heat a new cup up past the boiling point.
  6. If you have siblings, you will always be the bad guy. Always. Just accept that and move on.
  7. The fact that you have lived on your own successfully for the last 24 years will not prevent your parent from treating you like a child again.
  8. You’ll start to remember why you moved out at 17 in the first place.Β  Alpha Females – there can be only one. ‘Nuff said.
  9. You’ll begin to believe your mom when she tells you that you’re not the person you used to be and that you’ve completely lost your sense of humor.
  10. No matter how hard you try to get along, after a certain period of time, you’ll lose the cool facade that has been hanging on by a thread and you’ll say something you regret, or at the very least, compose a Top Ten list of why you shouldn’t have done it in the first place.

(no old people were harmed in the making of this post)

13 Comments on Lost: Sense of Humor

  1. Amber @ Classic Housewife
    December 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm (6 years ago)

    Awww, Karen, I’m sorry it’s rough. That’s probably normal — but knowing that probably doesn’t help much. =\
    A good dose of humor is definitely in order. I wonder how to do that?…. Maybe I’ll start a “send Karen funny links” crusade, a few good laughs may help?

    P.S. I totally love the little bird in the little cage in your header, and all the other little doodles. They make me smile. =)

  2. Karen
    December 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm (6 years ago)

    Amber – I know this probably comes across as a surly, complaining post, but it’s honestly meant to be somewhat light-hearted and funny. Apparently, I’ve missed the mark. lol I REALLY HAVE LOST MY SENSE OF HUMOR!!! Who knew? (Besides my mother, I mean) πŸ˜‰

  3. Dianne - Bunny Trails
    December 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm (6 years ago)

    It was funny to read your comment, because it really doesn’t sound like you were being funny. I hope you really are holding onto your sense of humor. And just remember that one person thinking you lost it doesn’t make it your reality. πŸ˜‰

  4. mzzterry
    December 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm (6 years ago)

    Lord help me if i ever had to live with my mom again. I can’t even stand to be around her much more than an hour without wanting to pull her …errr my hair out!! bless you karen. i know it is hard. and i know it is coming.

  5. Karen
    December 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm (6 years ago)

    Diane…maybe I should add a disclaimer. πŸ™‚ Or delete the post…lol. At any rate…the biggest thing for me to take away from this is these are really my feelings. Maybe I have changed…just praying it’s not for the worst! πŸ™‚

    Terry…lol. We have always had a decent relationship, but now that I’m 41 and she’s 79, it’s harder for either of us to bend to the other’s will. Not that we SHOULD, but it’s hard to have two strong females in the same house.

  6. Amber @ Classic Housewife
    December 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm (6 years ago)

    Karen — I took it as more of a sarcastic, dry, sense of humor.. An “I can’t see the bright sight, I’m polishing the dull side” kind of humor. πŸ˜‰
    But it was still evident that things aren’t going as smoothly as you’d hoped. A transition like that can’t be easy OR quick, it probably needs time. And a lot of GRACE and MERCY. I think I’d be okay for the most part if I had to move back in with my mom… now my DAD on the other hand… that would be.. um, er.. “Fun.” πŸ˜‰

  7. Mrs Lemon
    December 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm (6 years ago)

    You’re still here πŸ™‚ Oh, it is no fun to have two different households combine, even for a temporary situation. Keep your head up. Polish the dull side. And by all means, blog about it. πŸ™‚

  8. karla porter
    December 16, 2010 at 11:56 am (6 years ago)

    hang in there. i know if must be difficult, but i have no doubt that you really are handling it with grace. you’ll find your sense of humor soon enough πŸ˜‰

  9. Headless Mom
    December 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm (6 years ago)

    I hear you! Get this situation…..

    Newlywed, new mom of a 7 year old, and my father-in-law had heart surgery and couldn’t go home for 6 months. 3 with my sister-in-law, then 3 with us. A man I hardly knew, depressed from surgery. Yeah, that was fun.

    In hindsight I could have done a much better job of taking care of him-and myself-during that time. While I know it’s different with your own mother you will never have regrets, and that’s important in the long run. In the short run? Chocolate seems to help! ((hugs))!

  10. Wendy
    December 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm (6 years ago)

    I don’t think you’ve lost your sense of humor one bit. Parents tend to bring out the wry side. Just remember the old saying…”When life hands you lemons…squeeze the juice in someone’s face and run the other way fast.” πŸ˜‰

  11. rachel whetzel
    December 21, 2010 at 12:41 am (6 years ago)

    Well, I must have a really sick sense of humor, because I totally laughed at this!! Apparently, other grown ups lost sense of humor makes me giggle. Who Knew!?

  12. Nona Mills
    December 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm (6 years ago)

    You’re still here πŸ™‚ Oh, it is no fun to have two different households combine, even for a temporary situation. Keep your head up. Polish the dull side. And by all means, blog about it. πŸ™‚

  13. Priscilla Gallagher
    December 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm (6 years ago)

    Lord help me if i ever had to live with my mom again. I can’t even stand to be around her much more than an hour without wanting to pull her …errr my hair out!! bless you karen. i know it is hard. and i know it is coming.

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