See, according to some number crunching and data analysis from Upshot, the typical adult lives only 18 miles away from their mama. The data cited low income analysis as one reason. But also, this: "The data reveal a country of close-knit families, with members of multiple generations leaning on one another for financial and practical support. The trend will continue, social scientists say, as baby boomers need more care in old age, and the growing number of two-income families seek help with child care."
Close-knit families, care in old age, help with child care — sound familiar? Yep, Latinos have embraced this lifestyle for quite a while. We're no strangers to watching abuela cooking up a storm in the kitchen and tending to the house while mom jets out the door to get to work on time. Living together as one big happy familia is practically ingrained in our DNA.
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And let's be real here, if mom had it her way, we'd never leave. EVER. Two miles, much less 18, is way too far for her liking. No doubt she's reminded you of that fact using a million different methods. But we've managed to narrow it down to seven ways that mom has probably tried to convince you that there'll never be a place quite like home . . . with her.
The food bribe
You know that "coincidental" Sunday drive-by at 7 p.m. where mom just so happens to have had extra arroz con pollo sitting in her car? It's really a calculated move to remind you of the homemade meals you're missing out on. After all, one cannot live on take-out alone (at least not according to her).
Refrigerator judgement day
"Do you need money for groceries? Because this refrigerator . . . por Dios." Yes, mom. I actually went yesterday. But it probably looks a bit sparse thanks to the lack of leftovers, Materva, and cascos de guayaba you keep back at home.
The laundry list
The chicken soup scenario
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