Who Says No Now?
Mom had the ultimate say in whether we could go to our friend’s houses (unless she deferred to dad). With a singular “no,” she could crush our sleepover dreams without more than that two-lettered word. We didn’t like it, but it actually worked out in our favor when we weren’t feeling our friend’s plans.
Now that we’re all grown-up, we can’t use our parents as scapegoats to get out of invitations we’d rather ignore. We upgraded to using our spouse’s schedules or our kids’ soccer practices to decline because it’s as believable as Mom’s “no,” but will we ever be able to fess up and tell our friends we just aren’t interested?