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Mama's Boy Blues
Is a reader a good son or just tied up with apron strings?

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A panel from Alice Cooper and Neil Gaiman's 1994 collaboration, The Last Temptation, drawn by artist Michael Zulli.
A panel from Alice Cooper and Neil Gaiman's 1994 collaboration, The Last Temptation, drawn by artist Michael Zulli.

Dear Willie D:

I'm a single 34-year-old man with no kids. I haven't had a relationship in a while. I work two jobs to help my mother, who had been working for the Houston Chronicle for twentysomething years. They laid her off in 2005; now she has a new job, but it doesn't pay well. She couldn't pay her mortgage and utilities by herself, so I stepped in to help her out.

To save money, I decided to move back in with my mom, but people view this as a negative thing. I mean, it's not like I'm sitting at home doing nothing and making babies like a lot of mama's boys do. I really want to have a relationship with a lady, but it seems I can't because of my situation. What can I do?

Good Son:

You're right that society frowns on grown men who live with their mothers. As with the expectation of a woman being wholesome, it's one of those double-standard things we have to live with. To a woman, a man living with his mother under any circumstances is not attractive. Women want to live in their own house with their man, and they don't want another woman telling their man what to do. Additionally, they don't want their man considering another woman's needs ahead of their own, even if that woman is his destitute mother.

If you want to be in a relationship and be taken seriously, get your own place. If you can't afford to help your mom and have your own place, move her in with you. When you finally meet the one you want to take home to Mom, make sure you're not locked out outside because you missed your curfew.

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