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24 Things Only People Who Live Far From Their Parents Understand

Home is where the food is.

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1. Your parents use social media to keep up with what you're doing.

...EVERYTHING you're doing.

2. No amount of phone calls is ever enough for your parents.

Whether you call once a week or twice a day, it's still not enough.

3. Group texts are simply a way of life.

(Going to steal this designated emoji idea, btw.)

4. ...As is this inevitable consequence.

Inside jokes don't just text themselves.

5. Also, way too many group texts revolve around parents figuring out emojis.

The more you know... 💫

6. Phone calls are about 98.6% family gossip...

...And 1.4% your parents asking whether you've been eating.

7. You still get jealous every time your parents take a trip without you.


8. You basically LIVE for care packages.

Especially if they include FOOD!

9. You've had that strange sensation of waking up and forgetting you no longer live in your parents' home.

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It doesn't matter how old you are. This still happens.

10. You miss them so much that you are secretly pleased when you find yourself turning into your parents.

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It's a way of keeping close. (Don't worry... your secret is safe with us.)

11. Airlines are your enemy because it shouldn't bankrupt you to visit your parents.

You'll need $500 for a plane ticket, a bag fee of $25, and $1,988.92 for airline headphones. Enjoy your flight!

12. No matter how mature you are in your daily life, you revert when you actually get to see your parents.

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I don't know how to do laundry, sorry.

13. You require your parents to send you a constant stream of pics of all and any babies in your family.

When will someone invent an app that lets me pinch a baby's cheeks from miles away?

14. ...Ditto for pictures of pets.

Also, there's a pretty good chance your parents' pets are their new children now. Sorry.

15. You know the greatest sadness is missing a holiday with your parents.

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Let's not even talk about it.

16. FaceTime and Skype are godsends.

Once your parents figure 'em out, that is.

17. You're not 100% sure where "home" is.

Is it where you live? Where your parents live? What does it mean to "go home"?

18. Time differences are a hangnail on the hand of life.

Dad, I love you, but it's 5:45 a.m. here.

19. "Hiraeth" is a concept you know too well.

(Even if you're just learning the word for the first time. You've felt it.)

20. You know that nothing triggers memories of home quite like food.

Tastes like homesickness.

21. ...Even though no dish compares to your parents' cooking.

It's just never as good as mom or dad's.

22. And let's not even talk about how you're now listening to music your parents loved when you were a kid.

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Music you didn't even like before moving away from them, tbh.

23. You will always need your parents.


24. ...And they will always need you.

It's true.

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